Wojan Window & Door of Charlevoix, Mich., and employee Sandra Zeinog were honored with an Impact Award from the Michigan Works! Association on Wednesday March 4 at a ceremony in the state’s capital of Lansing. The award is a result of the company’s involvement in the Business Resource Network (BRN) established in 2018 by Northwest Michigan Works! with support from the Char-Em United Way.

The BRN helps employers retain employees by giving them access to a success coach who helps them deal with challenges away from work that might be affecting their ability to do their job. Zeinog was individually recognized for having one of the most impactful and inspiring journeys of self-improvement with the help of the BRN and success coach Kate Stolarski, according to the company.

Sandra Zeinog with award.

Zeinog told attendees her story. She explained that with substantial guidance from Stolarski, Zeinog managed to overcome homelessness, as well as resolve legal and economic issues that were barriers to her success. State Representative Triston Cole was on hand to present the awards to Zeinog and Harrell.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for simply supporting our employees,” said Harrell. “So many companies are in the same boat as us, having difficulty attracting and retaining talent in this employment climate. We’re grateful to Northwest Michigan Works! and Char-Em United Way for giving us a ‘one-up’ by being able to offer the BRN.”

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