Social Worker Ashley Jackson Named Employee of the Year
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Ashley Jackson, Social Worker III on Hatteras Island with the Department of Health & Human Services, is the Dare County Employee of the Year for 2016. She was presented the award at the January 3, 2017 meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and was recognized for her outstanding service to those she serves.
Jackson was nominated by numerous coworkers and Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson to receive the award. Renee Austin, Administrative Support Specialist with Public Works and the 2016 Employee of the Year, presented the award to Jackson after recognizing all the Employees of the Month for 2016.
“I couldn’t have done this without everyone in our community including my coworkers, who worked just as hard as I did and put in just as much effort following Hurricane Matthew. I would also like to thank all the volunteers who make all our hard work possible,” remarked Jackson following the award presentation.
Jackson was hired in 2009 and has worked for the Social Services Division since beginning her career with Dare County. Jackson operates out of the Health & Human Services Frisco Campus on Hatteras Island. She regularly deals with sensitive situations regarding adult and child protective services while working with families and other community agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of her clients.
“Ashley lives in Hatteras Village. Her first floor and living areas were flooded due to Hurricane Matthew. She and her family had to leave their home and go stay with family. Ashley set aside her personal needs and went to work despite the flooding in her house,” remarked Health & Human Services Director Jay Burrus.
As one of Ashley’s peers stated during the nomination process, “While her actions alone would qualify her for this award, the fact that she worked so tenaciously to help others while her own home was damaged and family displaced underscores her commitment to her work and Dare County.”