Salisbury wins DSP award


LEWISTON — The American Network of Community Options and Resources has named Brian Salisbury of Lewiston as the 2011 Direct Support Professional of the Year in Maine.

He will travel to Washington, D.C., for the announcement of the national winner at ANCOR’s 2011 Conference: Leading Cultures of Innovation and Advocacy on June 5-8.

This is the fifth year ANCOR has sponsored the award, and judges received 218 nominations from 46 states and the District of Columbia. Salisbury, 27, earned his place as Maine’s top candidate based on criteria for demonstrating strong commitment and creativity in building meaningful community inclusion for the people he supports, personal sacrifice, leadership, exemplary work ethic and a demonstrated history of overcoming on-the-job challenges.

Salisbury was not initially aware that his employer of six years, Support Solutions, nominated him for the award; nor was he aware that seven co-workers and one person he supports contributed material for his nomination.

In the words of ANCOR CEO Renee Pietrangelo: “Mr. Salisbury’s indefatigable commitment to improving people’s access to and participation in the community-at-large is worthy of public recognition as well as our utmost regard and respect.”