Linda Boden - Direct Support Professional, Day Services

Nashua Center’s highest award was recently presented to Linda Boden, Direct Support Professional for Day Services The award is only given once a year and the criterion for being selected is rigid. This award was developed to honor Nashua Center’s “Best of the Best” and Linda rightfully deserves to be in this elite group of employees.
Congratulations & Thank You Linda! You deserve it!


It is with pride that I nominate Linda Boden for the 2015 Golden Service Award that acknowledges an employee’s outstanding achievements, accomplishments and contributions to Nashua Center and the people we provide services to.

I was initially surprised that Linda had somehow “flown under the radar” over all these years because in reality, she could have and should have been recognized with this award years ago. I actually thought she had but, as they say, there’s no time like the present.

Linda started her career at Nashua Center in 1987 as an Educational Aide for our then Simon Street Regional School. We knew right away, in watching how Linda interacted with the students, that she was a “natural” and an excellent addition to our staff. Throughout the years that never faltered. Linda did leave the Center a couple of times over the years to pursue other personal and professional goals, but thankfully and to our benefit, she always came back!

Linda worked in many capacities while at the Center that included but was not limited to assistant manager, assistant vocational coordinator and direct support professional. Needless to say, she has exceled in all of those positions.

In reviewing some of Linda’s evaluations from the beginning and up to now, a lot of the same words and phrases were found in all of them. They included; a clear knowledge of her job responsibilities, excellent role model to staff when implementing programs, excellent job helping individuals monitor and maintain their equipment, treats individuals with respect, excellent working relationship with fellow staff and supervisors, excellent relationships with parents and providers and goes above and beyond for them, extremely dependable, gets paperwork in on time, can run programs when supervisor is absent, dedicated to her job and Nashua Center, very approachable, offers training to other staff, outstanding employee, solves problems quickly, always positive even in challenging situations, excellent knowledge of peoples’ history, hard working, dedicated employee, provides meaningful activities throughout the day, very reliable, trustworthy, completes job with minimal or no supervision, and a “natural” working and interacting with people with disabilities. The consistencies throughout her employment are a tribute to her skills and commitment to excellence and Linda defines what it takes to be recognized as the Golden Service Award recipient.

So, without reservation and with a little remorse that it took this long, I recommend that Linda Boden be named Nashua Center’s 2015 Golden Service Award recipient.

Respectfully submitted by Brian Young