Wil­liamson re­ceives Sis­ter Jean­nette Award at event

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RIDGELY — Greens­boro res­i­dent Debbi Wil­liamson was hon­ored with the Sis­ter Jean­nette Award dur­ing the Bene­dic­tine Foun­da­tion’s an­nual spring ben­e­fit week­end, April 28 to 30, at the Tide­wa­ter Inn in Eas­ton.

Wil­liamson, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher at the Bene­dic­tine School, joined the Ridgely-based or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1985.

“Debbi is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the best of Sis­ter Jean­nette, and ex­em­pli­fies the Bene­dic­tine val­ues. She truly cares for our stu­dents and her co­work­ers. It shows in ev­ery as­pect of her work,” said Scott Evans, Bene­dic­tine’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, dur­ing the April 29 awards pre­sen­ta­tion.

The award is named for the for­mer di­rec­tor of the Bene­dic­tine School, Sis­ter Jean­nette Mur­ray.

“Debbi’s great­est demon­stra­tion of her com­pas­sion­ate car­ing can be seen in her ef­forts to con­tinue re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion for our stu­dents. She vol­un­teers her time, un­so­licited, to come in on week­ends to lead prayer ser­vice for stu­dents who want to par­tic­i­pate. She has done this for years, but has taken more of a lead with it re­cently as the Sis­ters of Saint Bene­dict no longer have a reg­u­lar priest on cam­pus. Debbi does this qui­etly, with­out any ex­pec­ta­tion of re­ward other than to share her be­liefs and our legacy with others,” Evans said.

Wil­liamson also was lauded for her work with cam­pus hor­ti­cul­ture.

“She helped ob­tain a grant for the plant­ing of 100 new trees on cam­pus in Oc­to­ber 2015 through the Al­liance for the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, or­ga­niz­ing vol­un­teers, stu­dents and the Bene­dic­tine Sis­ters to help plant the trees through­out cam­pus. Over the past cou­ple of months, she’s mulched and weeded the trees on her own time.

“Debbi has touched the lives of many stu­dents over her 32 years with Bene­dic­tine. She knows many of the adult in­di­vid­u­als in our pro­gram and their fam­i­lies, and reaches out to stu­dents who aren’t in her class just to be an added friendly face. She truly em­bod­ies the spirit of the Sis­ter Jean­nette Award and is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of the core val­ues of Bene­dic­tine,” Evans said.

Pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­nity to live mean­ing­ful, pro­duc­tive lives in com­mu­ni­ties of choice, Bene­dic­tine helps chil­dren and adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties reach their great­est po­ten­tial with­out re­gard to race, re­li­gion, color, na­tional ori­gin or age.

Bene­dic­tine spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher Debbi Wil­liamson, cen­ter, win­ner of the 2017 Sis­ter Jean­nette Award, is con­grat­u­lated by Scott Evans, right, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Bene­dic­tine, and Pa­trick “Ben” Deni­han, pres­i­dent of the board of di­rec­tors for Bene­dic­tine. The award was pre­sented dur­ing Bene­dic­tine’s spring ben­e­fit week­end at the Tide­wa­ter Inn in Eas­ton.

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