U‘ilani Ah Chan, Maui Economic Opportunity’s Employee of the Month, treats client farmworkers and their agriculture employers with the same respect and courtesy while using her creativity and resourcefulness to best serve all of their needs.
U‘ilani is a case manager for the National Farmworker Jobs Program, the only MEO program with a statewide reach. For workers, NFJP helps generate greater economic stability by buying work clothes and other necessities and connecting them to job training, better opportunities and supportive services for themselves and their families. For the farms, NFJP supports on-the-job training with subsidies, offers safety training at no cost and defrays the expenses of required certifications.
“She is constantly packing huge bags and suitcases, which contain the presentation materials and thoughtfully put-together swag to give away or gently-used long sleeved shirts to those who may need them for work,” said officemate Janeth Cerizo, her nominator.
U‘ilani is respectful and flexible of the time of workers, who often speak with her from their job sites, and “treats her workers’ employers in just the same way with courtesy and politeness,” said Janeth.
She joined MEO as an NFJP case manager in October 2020 and has worked to improve her skills, enrolling in case management courses.
For being named Employee of the Month for July, U‘ilani earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. Janeth received $50 as the nominator. U‘ilani was honored at MEO’s General Staff meeting on Aug. 26.
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U‘ilani Ah Chan, National Farmworker Jobs Program case manager, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for July.
CEO Debbie Cabebe presents a $150 check to U‘ilani Ah Chan for being named MEO Employee of the Month.
MEO Employee of the Month U‘ilani Ah Chan (middle) takes a photo with MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe and Chief Human Resources Office Cliff Caesar.