This coming Thursday night, KenCrest will honor our staff with special awards and recognition of extraordinary years of service. Our highest award, the Sister Grace Award, is given to a staff person who has shown the characteristics over time and across KenCrest’s Divisions, that Sister Grace exemplified.
I was lucky enough to get to work with her during the last few years she was with us back in the mid-1980s and the saintly stories some might believe today couldn’t be farther from the truth about the real Sister Grace. In truth, she just lived the values of KenCrest: everyone was family, everyone deserved support, and there was always work to do.
She had a quick smile, though, that always made me feel I was doing something important and we could have fun doing it. Being with her was always an adventure, an adventure that even all these years later I remember clearly.
She was modest and always came across as someone who was just doing her job. It is funny to me that, when I talk to “Shine Story” recipients, virtually everyone says about their story that “I was just doing my job,” or “That’s what anyone would do!” Sister Grace would love that response. In my mind, that’s what makes working at KenCrest so special. What all of us do every day is to do the small things that, when aggregated, gives the people we serve an “Everyday Life.”
But on Thursday night I can only pick one KenCrest staff person out of thousands who have just done their job every day making everyone’s life just a little bit better. When I announce that person’s name, know that they are up on that stage representing you and your work too.
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