The tears and sense of gratitude were overflowing on November 13 when family, friends and colleagues came together to honor decades of service to the community by Vivienne Himmell. Partners For Community Living presented Vivienne its first annual John W. Pratt Legacy Award. The Award honors an individual or group whose long-time service, advocacy and leadership follow the example of John W. Pratt, one of the founders of both Resident Home Association and Choices In Community Living and chair of Partners For Community Living’s Endowment Fund at the time of his death.
During the ceremonies, Vivienne was presented a proclamation from the Montgomery County Commission for her service on the Human Services Levy Council. She was also recognized for decades long volunteer service to the League of Women Voters, as well as her advocacy and support of people with developmental disabilities. Three of John’s daughters, Ann Schulte, Cathy Payne, Mary Ann Shultz helped make the presentations on behalf of their father and family. John’s fourth daughter, Susan, lives in a Resident Home Association home.
Vivienne worked for more than two decades as a social worker and case manager for what was then the Montgomery County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. After her retirement in 1998, she became a board member for the Resident Home Association, where she still serves in a volunteer capacity. She is also a very active member of Partners Joint Development Committee.
Vivienne was presented a scrapbook and shadow box filled with letters, notes and cards from her friends from throughout the community. As her husband and one of her three daughters sat with her, all were moved to tears as the ceremonies came to an end with the beautiful performance of Margie Little, who is supported by Choices In Clark County by Choices In Community Living. Margie sang Debbie Boone’s You Light Up My Life and dedicated it to Vivienne and all those in the room who have given so much of their lives in service to others and their community.
The ceremonies also served as the official kickoff for Partners 2015 Community Campaign, with a goal to raise $10,000 in donations. Donations in honor of Vivienne, in honor and memory of John Pratt, or to honor or remember someone special in your life can be made on our secure website, or may be forwarded to 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton OH 45414.