Dexter custodian receives Leon Brunner Award at ESP Conference

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. 

He challenged his ESP colleagues to go back home and talk to one member each day and hear their story. “We need to keep writing our story of the good old days by engaging one member at a time. Each member has a chapter to contribute,” Wines said.

In addition to recognizing Wines, the ESP Caucus also presented a check and donated items to the Lansing Rescue Mission and Sacred Suds of Muskegon. The Caucus adopted the two organizations as part of a community project.  Conference participants donated the items for distribution.