BY SARAH GREGORY
Edna Franklin was named Greene Valley Developmental Center's Employee of the Year at a reception attended by friends and colleagues on Thursday afternoon.
The center's Chief Officer, Diane Brightwell, told the group gathered in the John M. Jones Administrative Office that when Franklin, manager of the laundry department, was informed she had been selected for the honor, her response was "I don't deserve this."
However, Brightwell disagreed.
"I am not sure that I know of a more deserving person in this facility right now," Brightwell said.
According to Brightwell, Franklin, an employee for nearly 18 years, is known for the "dedication and heart" she puts in to her work.
GVDC's Chief Officer for Administrative Services, Steve Long, read a prepared statement comprised of high praise and gratitude for Frankin's work.
A SMILING FACE
Long told the crowd that Franklin truly "cares about the people who live at Greene Valley," and is known for the "smile that's always on her face."
He said he is "thankful every day for the good fortune of having Edna Franklin as manager of the laundry department," noting her insistence that all of the duties are carried out in a timely and correct fashion.
Franklin spoke briefly, saying she was "glad to be a part of the family" at GVDC, and "thanks the Lord for the opportunity and privilege to work here."
PLAQUE AND GIFTS
Gayle Armstrong, Community Relations director, presented Franklin with a special plaque commemorating the honor.
Armstrong also presented several gifts to Franklin, which were provided by a number of local businesses.
Among the gifts were a number of gift cards, and Brightwell made a point to highlight Franklin's dedication to the center by making Franklin admit that she had used gift cards received for an earlier award of Employee of the Month to treat her colleagues to lunch.
"Isn't that what you're supposed to do?" Franklin jokingly asked to laughter from her peers.
After the brief comments of recognition, a reception with a decorated cake, other refreshments, and punch was held in Franklin's honor.