Benedictine held a small, socially-distanced ceremony on its Ridgely campus on Friday, May 14, to announce this year’s Sister Jeannette Murray Award winner. The Sister Jeannette Award was established in 2012 by Benedictine’s Board of Directors to honor Sister Jeannette Murray, who served as the organization’s Director and leader for over 30 years. Each year Benedictine employees nominate fellow coworkers who exemplify Benedictine’s mission and core values: Dignity of Work, Hospitality, and Compassionate Caring. The Board of Directors narrows those nominations to a pool of finalists before selecting a winner.
Typically, the Sister Jeannette Award winner is announced at Benedictine’s Spring Benefit, one of its largest fundraising events of the year. Since the Benefit was cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Benedictine opted to recognize this year’s 14 outstanding nominees by releasing a series of video interviews on its Facebook page. The videos share the nominees’ inspirational stories and demonstrate how each nominee brings Benedictine’s mission to life for students and adults served by the organization.
Board President Tom Collamore had the honor of announcing the tenth recipient of the Sister Jeannette Award, Adult Services Residential Director Jenny Shorter. He said, “Jenny exemplifies the spirit of Sister Jeannette and the Benedictine community through her dedication and commitment to serve the organization’s adults and to ensure they are given every opportunity to reach their greatest potential.”
Jenny began her tenure with Benedictine in 2002, when she was hired as a Program Coordinator for Benedictine’s Open Community Program. She was promoted to Lead Program Coordinator of that program in 2013 and served in that position until accepting her current title as Residential Director in the Adult Services department in 2016. Benedictine Executive Director Scott Evans said, “Jenny is a respected member of the Adult Services leadership team. She is invaluable to the daily operation of the residential program and makes herself available around the clock to anyone in need. Her exceptional knowledge of the residents and their families, as well as her strong relationships with staff, keep the program running smoothly.”
Benedictine wishes to thank Jenny Shorter, her fellow nominees, and all the exceptional employees who demonstrate incredible dedication and compassion on a daily basis. If you wish to support Benedictine’s community and mission, please visit www.benschool.org and click “Donate.”
Benedictine is one of the most comprehensive providers of services for children and adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities and autism. We offer a year-round educational program and 365-day residential program for students ages 5-21. Our students come from throughout Maryland, as well as adjoining states. Benedictine’s adult program provides community living, meaningful day services, and employment opportunities on the Eastern Shore and Annapolis. Benedictine’s mission is to help each individual achieve their full potential. Our mission and values of Hospitality, Dignity of Work, and Compassionate Caring are rooted in our founding by the Sisters of St. Benedictine. Today, Benedictine is a non-denominational organization, but we continue to honor and celebrate these values.