Port Royal woman awarded for hard work

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Photo above: A ceremony honoring Weller and two others took place January 31 in Chicago.

Tanya Weller recognized for contributions at Helena Place senior living facility

Enlivant, a leading provider of assisted living communities, recently announced Tanya Weller as a recipient of its 2017 Mission-Vision-Values (MVV) Award. Weller was one of three winners selected from Enlivant’s more than 7,000 employees nationwide.

As a housekeeper at Helena Place in Port Royal, evacuating residents during a hurricane is not in Weller’s job description, but that didn’t stop her from volunteering when Hurricane Harvey hit South Carolina last year. It’s just one of the many ways she goes above and beyond at Helena Place. In addition to caring for residents, Weller often spends her break time taking residents’ pets on walks. Her can-do attitude has secured her the title of “the woman that can do anything” by residents.

“Tanya truly exemplifies what it means to be a team player and she is all about the residents” said Lorie Kesler, Executive Director, Helena Place. “She has a wonderful relationship with all of our residents and many of her coworkers admire her work ethic and ability to bond with the residents.” 

As the daughter of a Marine, Weller often found herself relocating when her father received new orders. In 2011, the family was stationed in Beaufort, her father retired from the military and they decided to make this their permanent home.  Weller graduated in 2015 from Whale Branch Early College High School where she earned college credit while attending high school.  She then began work with the local Vocational Rehab after graduation and shortly after was hired at Helena Place through the program. 

Weller is the oldest of three children in her family, and assists her mother in caring for her two younger sisters, one of whom suffers from cerebral palsy and the other from an autoimmune disease. Weller herself has a learning disability called auditory dyslexia after suffering a traumatic brain injury when she fell as a child. 

“Although Tanya has her share of challenges, she doesn’t let it define her,” said Kesler. “She comes to work every day with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Her resiliency doesn’t go unnoticed.”

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