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‘Linda Stringfellow Spirit of SHARE’ Award recipients announced

by Special to the News-Times | May 1, 2021 at 2:37 a.m.
Life Touch Hospice Chaplain Luther Harris, Jr. was the recipient of the SHARE Foundation’s 2020 Linda Stringfellow Spirit of SHARE. (Contributed)

At SHARE Foundation’s Annual Employee Meetings, Dr. Brian Jones, SHARE Foundation president and CEO, announced the “Linda Stringfellow Spirit of SHARE” Award winners for 2020.

The “Spirit of SHARE” Award was created in 2004 to recognize employees of SHARE Foundation who go above and beyond their everyday duties. In 2017, the award was renamed in honor of retiring SHARE President/COO Linda Stringfellow to the “Linda Stringfellow Spirit of SHARE” Award.

Employees who have been with SHARE for at least one year are eligible, with the exception of the President/CEO.

Nominees are made by fellow SHARE employees and the nominees are evaluated on their willingness to go the extra mile, as well as their compassion, loyalty, responsibility and integrity toward their co-workers, patients and members. An anonymous committee of the SHARE Foundation Board reviews the nominations and makes the selections.

This year there were two finalists and one, overall winner.

The first finalist was Melissa Henley, Life Touch Hospice in-take coordinator. Henley goes above and beyond to be helpful and juggle many tasks. She is a blessing. If asked to do something, Henley is always willing to do it and never complains. She shows compassion for hospice and is willing to go the extra mile for patients, families and the agency as a whole. She is a very good example of SHARE’s IMPACT values.

The second finalist was Janie Ward, HealthWorks Fitness Center member services manager. A go-getter, Ward takes pride in her work and goes above and beyond. She is wonderful and cares for her staff and members. Her dedication is 100%. She is willing to do whatever is asked without complaint and is a trustworthy employee. She is someone who’s personal character epitomizes our values and deserves recognition.

Both finalists received an engraved award as well as an extra day of paid vacation.

The overall 2020 Linda Stringfellow Spirit of SHARE Award winner is Luther Harris, Jr., Life Touch Hospice chaplain.

Harris is the epitome of an exemplary employee. He goes out of his way for the patients, families and staff of Life Touch to do something to make their day just a little brighter on a daily basis. He goes out of his way to make everyone feel special.

He sets a positive example and will help anyone do anything and is always happy and eager to help in any way he can. Everything Harris does, he does with enthusiasm. On multiple occasions when someone was not being themselves, Harris has taken time out of his busy schedule to take interest in their life, their situation and pray for them and be a friend.

Luther received an engraved plaque and an additional week of paid vacation.

The SHARE Foundation issues congratulations to all its 2020 Linda Stringfellow Spirit of SHARE award winners.

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