Region 3 Director Sue Dishaw-Britz wins the 2016 WEAC staff award

WEAC Region 3 Director Sue Dishaw-Britz gathers with the Region 3 Executive Board after she is given the WEAC staff award.

WEAC Region 3 Director Sue Dishaw-Britz gathers with the Region 3 Executive Board, WEAC Vice President Ron Martin and other Region 3 staff after she was given the WEAC staff award.

The WEAC staff award was presented Wednesday night to WEAC Region 3 Director Sue Dishaw-Britz, who WEAC Vice President Ron Martin said “inspires WEAC members and helps them find the power within themselves to advocate for their students and their professions.”

Martin and Region 3 President Tara Leithold presented the Cunningham, Dickinson, Watson Award to Dishaw-Britz at a meeting of the Region 3 Executive Board in Green Bay.

Dishaw-Britz said she has been very fortunate to work with “some very supportive and strong leaders” who have allowed her and her colleagues to take risks. “That’s really helped weathering the storm and getting things done,” she said. “And I couldn’t have done half the stuff I’ve done over my years here without the support of my colleagues, each of whom is very skilled.” She also thanked her husband, Bill, for his support.

Martin credited Dishaw-Britz’s “calm demeanor and ability to engage members.”

“When facilitating the move to a regional structure, building new, member-led professional supports, or developing member-leaders, Sue is well-known in her region for putting members’ needs first and getting them involved. She’s respected by members, co-workers and her colleagues around America.”

Leithold said Dishaw-Britz “is an inspiration to us.”

“Your leadership with the staff as well as members is outstanding,” Leithold said.

Martin said a perfect example of Dishaw-Britz’s work in uniting members was her work in Oconto. “When concerns arose about school leadership, Sue inspired members who were – at first – reluctant to speak up,” he said. “By the time Sue was finished, these members stepped forward and created an action team to show solidarity between educators and the community. When a member of the local was unfairly targeted for dismissal, the local team was equipped to handle the crisis and achieved reinstatement of their member.”

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