Last year in celebration of INA’s 25th anniversary, the association launched the INA Service Award Pin program. This program will continue for the 26th Annual INA Conference.
I asked a few of last years pin recipients to share with our readers what receiving their INA Service Award Pin meant to them. Here are a few of their responses.
Becky Kavanagh of Minnesota received a 20 year pin.
It was an incredible honor to receive an INA Harriette Grant Service Award Pin at INA Conference 2010. Part of that honor was due to the connection with the name of the amazing nanny whom this award is named after – Harriette Grant. My first INA Conference was in 1990 when Harriette was honored as the first INA Nanny of the Year. I was absolutely amazed by her! To be recognized for the years working in a career I love in her name was humbling and gratifying. I look forward to seeing years of honoring those who serve children and families being recognized with this service award pin.
Anne Marie Stanley of Boston, also received a 20 year pin: What a wonderful honor it was to recieve my Nanny pin for service last year at the conference. I was so proud that INA decided to keep this tradition alive. Harriett Grant was an amazing woman and what an honor it would be for her to know the pin was named after her.
Christy Ochs of Denver, Colorada:Receiving the Service Pin Award was very special to me. I have only been a Nanny for 10 years, which is a relatively short time in the INA world. But to be honored in this way, reinforced to me that I have spent the past 10 years doing something that really matters. The Service Pin Award recognizes my long term commitment to this profession that I love so much, and I am proud and honored to have received it.
Mary Ann Meddish of Oregon also received a 20 year pin: I am thrilled that INA adopted NAN’s tradition of presenting Service Award Pins at INA conference 2010. I don’t believe that INA members who had never been impacted by NAN could grasp what those pins would mean to the former NAN members until they saw what enfolded at breakfast that morning. A pin seems like such a small thing, a moment of recognition passes in a blink, but to so many nannies that pin is the only recognition they receive for years of commitment, it is their moment. The Service Award Pins puts a number on our years of service in this special industry when it is something we don’t usually talk about. Yes, we see some people year after year, we talk about new charges and past charges and sometimes even admit that former charges are “gulp” in college now, but we don’t think about how long someone has been in the industry until someone sticks a candle on it and celebrates the fact. I truly appreciate the time and energy that was put into recreating this recognition for the INA membership. NAN was always good about celebrating what nannies were and the fact that “We Care for the Future” and I am thrilled that INA has adopted this tradition. Harriette would be proud!
Receiving my pin gave me something tangible to represent that all my years of hard work as a nanny was valued by my peers and that I had a rewarding career.
Carmen Brown owner of Kids First Nanny Inc received a 10 year pin:Receiving the INA Service Award Pin was a joy and honor.
The INA is providing Agencies and Nannies a symbol that represents the hard work, professionalism and dedication that it takes to be a Nanny or to operate an Agency.
If you would like to see a Slide Show of last years recipients please click here:
In a few days you will be able to download the Service Award Pin Application from the INA website.
If you have any questions about the Service Award Pins, or if you would like to send a donation toward the Service Award Pin Program so that it can continue to be a part of INA for many years to come, please email Glenda Propst or Kellie Geres at ServiceAwardPins (at)nanny(dot)org and we can send you the Service Award Pin Application, a donation form, or answer any questions that you might have.
The requirements for receiving a pin are listed below.
Individuals who have been employed as a nanny, nanny educator or business owner (referral agency or industry service provider) for 5 or more years and are currently an INA member in good standing may apply for the INA Service Award Pin.
The Service Award Pin program originated within the National Association of Nannies. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of past NAN members, the Service Award Pin concept will continue on within INA and will share the same goal of recognizing those within the in-home child care industry for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.
All Service Award Pin recipients must be present at the 26th INA Annual Conference to receive their award. INA Service Award Pins will be presented on Friday, May 13, 2011 during the INA Service Award Pin Breakfast.