To underscore our support of community service, Christiana Care has launched the Jefferson Awards program. Each month the program spotlights an outstanding employee or volunteer who provides community services outside of everyday work duties.
As the inaugural winner of the Jefferson Award bronze medallion, Sue Sokira embodies the spirit of the awards. When not at work as a transfer center representative in the Emergent Transport Access Center at Christiana Care, Sokira works as a firefighter and EMT. But that’s just the beginning. Sokira raises money each year for the March of Dimes and for several 5Ks, including the Tunnel to Towers run in memory of a New York City firefighter.
During the holidays, she adopts a family and raises funds for supplies for our men and women in the military.
And, if that isn’t enough, she convinced the Cranston Heights Fire Company to donate a used vehicle to a local family in need.
“When it was announced that I had been nominated and won the Jefferson Award, I was humbled,” Sokira said. “I feel as if I don’t do anything more than anyone else does for his or her community.”
Sokira was nominated for the award by her co-workers, who describe her as one of the most giving people they know.
“Sue is truly a genuine person who cares about the well being of others,” said Amanda Armstrong of Nursing Administration.
“She seeks out those in need and finds a way to help,” co-worker Liz Bross said.
The Jefferson Awards is a national program started in 1972 as a Nobel Prize for public service. Co-founders Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard urged a “call to action for volunteers” in local communities. Monthly winners are eligible for national consideration by the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.