Vice President / Director of Human Resources, Tenure with DII: 16 years
Name of Recognizer: Chelle Barstad
Carin interacts with each one of us almost every day lending an ear, listening when we have issues and/or checking on us to be sure we are on the right track. She shows acts of teamwork, integrity and service with every interaction with current team mates as well as new and prospective team members. We have Internal contests and prizes are awarded to her via a name drawing and yet, she will put her name back in the hat for another person to get the prize. She always wants others to enjoy the prize. Carin shows care and concern with her team members as well as the environment and surroundings in our office space. She just recently noticed our sink drain was clogged and needed to be cleaned so she took the initiative to add chemicals to take care of the odor. Carin gives more than she gives herself credit for. She makes sure we have breakfast every first Tuesday of the month and is a GREAT singer when we sing our duet for DII anniversary celebrations. A prime example of her overwhelming kindness is that in mid- October, I left the office in a rush to get home and get my daughter to her homecoming dance. In my rush to leave, left my camera at work. As everyone knows, I love to capture the moment and love to take photos. In a panic, I called Carin to find my camera and asked her to put it In my office. She asked, without hesitation, “where is the pre-party for the homecoming?” She met me at my daughter’s date’s house with my camera, so I was able to capture the moment. I am so thankful to her for her doing that, yes my cellphone would have worked but she knew I wanted my camera and it was so thoughtful of her to take the time to bring it to me. I know Carin will be upset that I am giving her this award, she will probably tell me, “ I don’t want this OR give to someone else as I will make do.” However, today – Feb 11, I give the EXTRAordinary award to CARIN HAYS!