Taunia Shipman was honored for 25 years of service to Grand County children and families. Taunia has a Master’s in Social Work from Kansas University and has worked for Grand County Social Services since 1992. She is also a board member for Grand Beginnings.
Deb Ruttenberg, Human Services Director, presented the award at the Aug. 1 BOCC meeting.
“Taunia is an invaluable employee and has been a role model to countless caseworkers over the past 25 years.
Grand County’s children are safer and families are stronger due to Taunia’s never-ending commitment. We are so fortunate to have her,” Ruttenberg said. Melinda Cox, Core Services and Prevention Programs Administrator added, “Taunia is always a pleasure to work with, and I have come to know her as a truly valuable asset to Grand County.
She has the ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other divisions, systems, the public and all stakeholders.”
Thankful for the support and recognition Shipman said, “We can always give better with the work that we do. We have an amazing staff that have ethical and moral values to reach families.
“To serve the families over and above our mandates, that is why my work has been so valuable. It’s why I keep going. Thanks for making it a place where I want to work every day, where our work is validated. It’s great to work for Grand County.
“We still wake up every morning and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us and we are thankful that we have been able to raise our children in this county.”