Governor’s awards ceremony to be held Sept. 9

Lori Kober of Vermillion is award recipient

Gov. Dennis Daugaard will recognize individuals and employers for their contributions to the rehabilitation and employment of South Dakotans with disabilities during a ceremony next month at the Capitol.

The South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Human Services announced the Governor’s Awards will be held Monday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Rotunda of the State Capitol, 500 E. Capitol Ave. The Capitol Lake Visitor Center, 650 E. Capitol Ave., will be the alternative location if the restoration work in the Rotunda has not been completed.

Daugaard will present the awards to the following 2013 recipients:

  • Daniel Hammett of Box Elder – Outstanding Employee with a Disability
  • Lori Kober of Vermillion – Outstanding Citizen with a Disability
  • KFC/A&W (Dee Jay’s QSR, Inc.) of Sioux Falls – Outstanding Private Employer (Small Employer)
  • Burger King, Dakota King, Inc., of Sioux Falls – Outstanding Private Employer (Large Employer)
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial, National Park Service of Keystone – Outstanding Public Employer
  • Maria Jongbloed of Watertown – Outstanding Award in Transition Services
  • Lyle Cook of Eagle Butte – Distinguished Service Award

The Governor’s Awards ceremony is co-sponsored by the Boards of Vocational Rehabilitation and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Statewide Independent Living Council and DHS.

For more information about the ceremony or to request accommodations, please contact Board of Vocational Rehabilitation staff at (800) 210-0143 or (605) 945-2207.

About DHS

In partnership with its stakeholders, the South Dakota Department of Human Services’ mission is to optimize the quality of life of people with disabilities through the programs and services offered by its divisions. Learn more by visiting the department’s website,, and viewing the 2013 DHS Strategic Plan.

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