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Bunker is recipient of Governor’s Great Service Star Award

Jan 15, 2020

The South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board recently selected Wanda Bunker, St. Joseph’s Indian School historical coordinator, as a recipient of the Governor’s Great Service Star Award. Bunker was recognized for providing outstanding customer service at the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center in Chamberlain. The award is given to individuals who show outstanding performance in hospitality and customer service beyond the expectations of their job description. To receive the award, an employee is nominated by a supervisor. Dixie Thompson, director of Akta Lakota Museum, spoke very highly of Bunker and said she had several supporting comments from visitors who, without question, qualified Bunker for the nomination. “Wanda is the key member of our front line team. In most cases, she is the first person who visitors and donors meet when visiting campus. Many share positive comments about experiencing her pleasant and helpful attitude. She is such a blessing to our organization,” said Thompson. Bunker started working at St. Joseph’s Indian School when she was in high school and later extended her stay to over 26 years when she and her husband decided to be houseparents. Asked about her award Bunker said, “I love this job, the museum and school and especially the people with whom I work. I feel totally honored to receive this award.” Bunker, center, is pictured with Akta Lakota Museum Director Dixie Thompson, left, and Gift Shop Supervisor Kyndra

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