This year’s Best Buddies Leadership Conference focused on “Passing the Torch” and igniting the globe with the values of our mission. Over 2,300 student leaders, volunteers and community advocates from around the world united July 21-24, 2017 at Indiana University in Bloomington to develop the skills needed to organize and lead a Best Buddies chapter at their school, while also sharing the mission within their community.
This year, Best Buddies in Tennessee was awarded and recognized on an international level not once, but twice. Daniel Mirtes was named Best Buddies ‘Jobs’ Programs’ “Employee of the Year” for his work with Verus Healthcare. Daniel started at Verus Healthcare in 2015 as a Medical Equipment Technician, which was followed by a promotion to a full-time employee in the IT Department. Thanks to his hard work and determination to succeed, Daniel recently made a down payment on his own condominium – talk about reaching independence! Please join us in congratulating Daniel on all his accomplishments.
Additionally, Columbia Academy out of Nashville was named Best Buddies School Friendship Programs’ “Promoter Chapter of the Year” for their work in helping empower their student body and surrounding community to become advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.