May 2014 Employee Awards

Congrats to Celeste Badke (ISLA) for being selected as Employee of the Month for May.  Celeste approaches regular life situations with initiative and hard work.  In one recent example, she planned and made arrangements to handle all the details of a residential move, then put in the effort to make it a positive experience for everybody involved. Thank you, Celeste, for displaying the Kalix values:  PROFESSIONALISM and DEPENDABILITY! Congratulations to the other nominees: Amanda Duke (MSLA), JoAnn Kemaldean (MSLA), Brook Velazquez (1109), and Pamela Sanchez (ISLA), Paula Seabolt (MSLA).

Beamz Interactive- Creating Music Has Never Been So Simple

Imagine having the ability to play 4 different instruments all at once without ever stepping foot in a music class. With Beamz Interactive Music System people of any age, physical or cognitive ability can have access to an authentic music creating experience.  Beamz offers a wide range of music genres, instruments, and sounds effects that sound when a hand or object is placed between the laser beams. Users can record their songs they’ve created and share them with their friends and family through any device. Want to see Beamz in action? Come on down to the 605 building on May 1st...
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April 2014 Employee Awards

Congrats to Shayne York (ISLA) for being selected as Employee of the Month for April.  Shane possesses two of the most important attributes of a Support Staff:  (1) the ability to figure out how to help a person make progress towards goals and (2) willingness to cheerfully help with meeting program needs. Congratulations to the other nominees: Ben Chapin (DSP), Jo Kelly (1007), Jamie Norris (MSLA), and Margarita Nieskes (MSLA). STAR Employee of the Quarter Congratulations to our STAR Employee of the Quarter, Krista Opstedal, Program Director of Assistive Technology.  Six separate staff submitted nominations describing Krista’s passion, creativity, and...
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March Employee Awards

Congrats to Jesika Martin (DSP) for being selected as Employee of the Month for March. During public meetings conducted for CQL, Jesika was assigned to support a person from DSP. Jesika represented Kalix well both by participating in the small group exercises as a Direct Support Staff, and by providing support to a person receiving services while she made a presentation to the entire stakeholder group. Her demonstration of professionalism and inclusion was a perfect display of Kalix values and services for the CQL evaluators. Jesika says that her favorite things about working at Kalix are helping people and making them...
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The Power of Visual and Auditory Schedules

How many of us use calendars to remember important dates and appointments? The answer is pretty obvious. Most of us stay organized by writing down dates on a calendar or even programming it in a smart phone, but for some this isn’t enough. The Jenda Voice Calendar is a simple to use calendar that allows you to record do lists, daily appointments, birthdays, and weekly or annual events on any day throughout the year. Once a message is recorded, a light blinks on the day it is scheduled to prompt the user to check for appointments. This is a great tool for those who have...
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iPad Photography, There’s a Switch for That!

With the new iOS 7 available on iPhones and iPads, a whole new world of possibilities has opened for those with physical impairments, one of the many highlights being Switch Control. Switch Control allows access to many apps with a push of a switch, including the camera function on their iOS device. Having the ability to take pictures allows for people to have more control over what’s programmed on their communication devices, allows them to tell personal stories about themselves, opens avenues for new hobbies and so much more. If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing accessible photography, contact Krista by...
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Giving Hearts Day 2014

Kalix raised over $12,000 for our assistive technology program through the Giving Hearts Day program on February 13th.  A variety of promotions assisted the fund-raising efforts: The GHD Disability Awareness Challenge invited local celebrities to attempt completion of a variety of everyday tasks while contending with simulated disabilities Sweet & Flour offered free cupcakes to customers that made a donation Broadway Bean & Bagel made a donation for each sale of a Red Velvet Latte Eight participating local non-profits teamed up to get the word out using signs, Facebook, press releases, an audio clip from Josh Duhamel, and a video...
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February 2014 Employee of the Month

Congrats to Kendra Black (1109) for being selected as Employee of the Month for February 2014.  Kendra had two nominations this month which explain how Kendra exhibits the KALIX values of dependability, adaptability, professionalism and teamwork. Of all the nice things mentioned in the nominations for this award, the most dramatic comment is that Kendra… “inspires others around her to do better.”  Her positive attitude is infectious! Congrats, Kendra. Congrats to the other nominees: Becky Thorp (MSLA), Joe Stockard (MSLA), Johsua Robinson (MSLA), Amy Stewart (1005), Celeste Badke (ISLA), White Bader (1109), and Ronda Wolfe-Hartley (DSP)

Kalix in the news for Giving Hearts Day 2014

Giving Hearts Day 2014 was on Thursday February 13, 2014. Kalix raised over $12,000 to fund our assistive technology program.  A huge thank you to Mattson Construction, Minot Sertoma, and First Western Insurance for providing match donations! See links below for publicity re Giving Hearts Day 2014.   Links: http://www.kxnet.com/story/24697720/disability-challenge http://www.kxnet.com/story/24720488/giving-hearts-day http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/591533/Enhancing-lives-of-others.html Kalix ImpactGiveback.org Page http://www.kxnet.com/story/24658288/giving-hearts http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/591956/Giving-Hearts-Day.html http://blog.visitminot.org/2014/02/06/giving-hearts-day/  

The Pepsi Project

When a Pepsi truck slid into the ditch near Minot recently, a major catastrophe was avoided.  However, the local Pepsi distributor had a problem:  what to do with cases of canned and bottled beverages that couldn’t be sold or consumed? Kalix Recycling Center employees offered a solution.  Each can and bottle is being opened, drained, and then recycled.  It will take about three weeks to process the truckload of beverage containers.  When it’s done, Northern Bottling of Minot will have successfully disposed of unusable inventory.  The Kalix Recycling Center will recycle the cans and bottles.  And a group of hard-working...
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