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Camden woman is DSS Employee of the Month

Posted: November 26, 2018 4:20 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The S.C. Department of Social Services’ Employee of the Month programs recognizes staff whose work exemplifies the department’s core principles: competence, courage and compassion. Sharon Cole, a business associate with Kershaw County DSS, was recently named an October Employee of the Month.

“I love helping people and seeing lives changed for the better,” she said.

And according to her nomination, she does a little bit of everything around the office and especially goes above and beyond in the area of disaster response.

“She wears many hats as the business associate to include receptionist, fiscal technician, office manager, sometime repairwoman and whatever is needed at the time,” said Jeanne Hanna, Kershaw County DSS director. “I wanted to submit her name for nomination at this time specifically for the exemplary fashion with which she performed her duties as the emergency management liaison during hurricanes Florence and Irma. In her role as Emergency Management Liaison, she works diligently all year long in preparation for the time when DSS is called into action to staff emergency shelters.

“Her preparation and organization enhances our ability to respond to the demands of an emergency event. Her commitment to her job and the cause at hand drives her to work multiple 12 hour shifts to ensure shelter coverage. She is helpful to all in the shelters be it DSS/DHHS staff, Red Cross, shelter residents and anyone who needs it.  …  Her capacity to help and make things better grows with each new shelter event, and she is an essential member of ‘Team Kershaw’.”

Staff selected as part of the Employee of the Month Program are awarded lunch with the acting state director along with other honorees, a dedicated parking space, a photo and write-up displayed at the state office and a write-up sent to their community newspaper.

Other October winners included: Michele Dodson, app analyst with the state office; Nicole Dow-Myers, adult protective services case manager with Richland County DSS; and Keith “Devon” Holder, Region 1 interim team leader for economic services. Region 1 includes Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Newbery, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg counties.


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