Vorarlberger Marcel Simma is Civil Servant of the Year

Young man supported residents and day visitors in the "Wolfurt retirement home"


Young man supported residents and day visitors in the “Wolfurt retirement home”
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Marcel Simma from Vorarlberg is the civil servant of the year 2022.

The young man, who supported the residents and day visitors in the “Wolfurt retirement home”, was honored on Monday evening by the State Secretary for Youth and Civil Service, Claudia Plakolm (ÖVP). “Many are not even aware of what our civilians are doing. That’s why we want to express our special appreciation to those who go above and beyond,” says Plakolm.

The activation of seniors was a special concern of Marcel Simma during his time as a civil servant. He managed to motivate a sedentary resident to climb stairs and go for walks. He planted seedlings in a raised bed with a former gardener who had dementia. Simma is now studying at the University of Economics. He is also a self-employed IT entrepreneur.

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Once a year, the civil servants of the year are awarded. Civil service institutions can nominate civil servants who are then chosen by a specialist jury. Every year around 14,000 young boys complete their community service, in 2021 these were distributed among the rescue services (40 percent), disabled and social assistance (26.5 percent), care for the elderly (11.3 percent), hospitals (8.5 percent ) as well as public safety, disaster relief, childcare and other areas, Plakolm’s office said. “We want to use the award to showcase the achievements that have been made throughout the year,” said the State Secretary.

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