IAHTM Annual Award 2021 K. Craig and N. Gittard

IAHTM Names Kathy Craig and Norbert Gittard Its ‘2021 Don Pedder Lifetime Achievement’ Recipients

Powell, OH – Oct. 1, 2021 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Kathy Craig and Norbert Gittard its “2021 Don Pedder Lifetime Achievement” award recipients.

The IAHTM Annual Award 2021 was presented at Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Sept. 10-14 at Disney’s BoardWalk resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL. IAHTM is a nonprofit membership organization for healthcare laundry cooperatives. The organization offers resources and support to senior-level textile managers. Furthermore, they aim to maximize their laundries’ efficiencies, control costs, and ensure quality patient focus.

Kathy Craig is a long-time industry veteran, having spent more than 20 years in the industry, both at Fundy Linen Service Inc. and Facilicorp NB, New Brunswick, Canada. She is noted for paving the way for women in the industry.

In recognition of this, Meredith Bowery, IAHTM board president, said, “Seeing women at IAHTM meetings used to be a very rare thing. When I first learned about IAHTM, I remember hearing about Kathy Craig. In most of the stories I heard, she was usually the lone woman at these events. These days, there are more women in our ranks. Additionally, it was a great pleasure to be able to present Kathy Craig with IAHTM Annual Award 2021 this year with so many other female laundry operators in attendance to celebrate her.”
After nearly 35 years at Jensen USA in Panama City, FL, Nobert Gittard currently holds the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. At the awards ceremony, his colleague Matt Bland of ADI American Dawn spoke of Gittard’s admirable qualities. Bland emphasized that Gittard embodies the spirit of the industry. He also noticed Gittard’s displayed vision, resiliency, and a tireless work ethic during his 34-year career.
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