Richard Wines of Dexter is the 2014 recipient of the Leon A. Brunner Award for his contributions to ESP.
Richard Wines, a custodian at Wylie Elementary School in Dexter, was honored with the ESP Caucus' highest award, the 2014 Leon A. Brunner Award at this year’s MEA ESP Statewide Conference. The award is given to an educational support professional who has made significant contributions to ESP and has exhibited a high degree of commitment to ESP issues and concerns.
Wines is president of his local, Coordinating Council Chair, and a Region 3 member of the ESP Caucus Executive Board.
In accepting his award, Wines described MEA and its members as a family and how “the family” is at a crossroads.
“Our family is being hurt. We need to sway our family to have a reunion and start rebuilding this union. And we can do that by engaging each member of the family,” Wines said.
Despite widespread opposition from local residents, the Algonac Community Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to privatize its transportation services, eliminating the jobs of about a dozen local bus drivers.
Connie Boylan, a 23-year veteran library media paraprofessional and current president of the MEA ESP Caucus, was honored with the 2013 Leon Brunner Award. MEA President Steve Cook was inducted into the ESP Hall of Fame.
Attendees at the 2013 MEA ESP Statewide Conference honored three of their own for contributions to the cause of ESP members in Michigan.
Denise Miller, a paraprofessional and local union leader from Walled Lake, was named the 2012 recipient of the Leon A. Brunner Award. The award is given annually at MEA's Statewide Educational Support Professional Conference in recognition an ESP leader's significant contributions and commitment to ESP issues and concerns.
During last year's recall petition drives, Miller worked tirelessly to collect signatures to hold lawmakers accountable for their decisions in Lansing. She gained notoriety after she filed suit against the Oakland County Parks for restricting her ability to circulate petitions at a local park, where the county had literally marked off a 12-by-12 foot square in which she was told she had to stand. In a huge victory for both the recall supporters and believers in our personal freedom to engage in political activity, Miller won the court case.
Miller is now looking forward to working hard in 2012 on the Protect Our Jobs campaign to protect collective bargaining rights in our state constitution.