TICONDEROGA A Heritage Commons Residential Health Care facility employee has been recognized by the New York Association of Homes and Service for the Aging. Terri Sprague, a certified nursing assistant, has received the 2008 Long Term Care Employee of Distinction Award. The award, now in its eighth year, was created to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of front line staff. NYAHSA created this award to draw attention to the efforts of front line staff in providing quality care to residents. Carl Young, president of NYAHSA, was present to make the award presentation. In addition, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward spoke briefly and presented a state Assembly resolution naming the 16 individuals recognized for this award during 2008 to Sprague. Young noted that Sprague goes beyond what is expected and brings a special compassion and personal commitment of excellence to the job each day. The award serves as an honor and tribute her extraordinary efforts and qualities of leadership being recognized by her peers, he said. Heritage Commons recently hosted a reception where the award was presented to Sprague. A Moriah resident, Sprague has been employed nearly 34 years at Inter-Lakes Health. She is dependable and caring, providing care quietly and with confidence, said Diane Krans, Heritage Commons administrator. Her calming influence is felt throughout the unit on which she works and benefits the residents as well as her coworkers. Sprague is the mother to three sons and one daughter. Her daughter Elise Demarais is also employed at Heritage Commons as a licensed practical nurse. Terris ability to find a positive approach along with the pride she takes in her work justifies this recognition, Krans said. Heritage Commons Residential Health Care is proud to have Terri Sprague as a model employee.