Tim Ashely Proudly Displaying His Chuck’s Ducks Award

On January 24th, Tim Ashely, Independent Living Coordinator at The Independence Center, received an award from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office for his work leading up to the 2016 general election. As part of the partnership between The IC and the Clerk and Recorders Office, Tim played an instrumental role in evaluating local polling locations to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. For his efforts, Tim was bestowed with the “Chuck’s Ducks” award along with a rubber ducky. Though silly in name, the award serves an important purpose by recognizing individuals for their hard work. Great Thanks to Tim Ashely for his hard work and dedication. Tim, it is people like you that make The IC’s important work possible.


Dimitri and Ashley with Awards

On Saturday, May 20th, The Independence Center’s Dimitri Lucas and Ashley Billington received awards at The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Hotel Eleganté. Dimitri, who has autism, was given the “Achiever of the Year” award for the outstanding progress he made after joining The Independence Center (The IC) as a volunteer in 2016. Dimitri joined The IC after attending skills classes, going through the employment program, and participating in a 6-week assessment. As a volunteer, Dimitri made incredible progress, and today works with the Veteran in Charge program and Independent Living (IL), providing much needed assistance with office tasks. For her work with Dimitri and within IL, Ashley was given the “Resource Coordination” award.

Jeremy, with The IC’s Dixie Herring Displaying Award


One of The IC’s board members, Jeremy Chatelain, recently served on another Center for Independent Living’s (CIL) board, Roads to Independence in Utah. They recognized Jeremy for his outstanding work and dedication as a board member. Jeremy spent many hours representing their CIL with local legislators and ensured they could sustain their funding and operation. The IC is thankful to have Jeremy’s expertise and contributions on our board now!


On February 14th, The Independence Center’s Gail Melton was awarded the Teller County Cares award for her work supporting people with disabilities in and around Cripple Creek. Through her support groups, Gail has made a world of difference in the lives of veterans, people with Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other individuals with disabilities. Most recently, Gail has coordinated with the local school district in Cripple Creek, and is getting local youth involved with people in her support group. Recognizing the meaningful impact that Gail’s work has had on the community, the county showed their gratitude with this award. Great job Gail! We appreciate your hard work and are happy for your much deserved award.