MATTHEWS – The Matthews Human Services Council presented Karla Ennis with the Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award on June 24 during the Matthews Board of Commissioners meeting.
Ennis supervises community health and wellness at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center. The registered nurse chairs the Levine Senior Center’s board of directors.
“Karla came to Matthews Medical Center a few years back, and we had a very good program with how we connect with our community,” said Roland Bibeau, president of the hospital. “But under Karla’s leadership and guidance, the word ‘remarkable’ doesn’t do it justice. I call her the amazing connector because you meet Karla once, she doesn’t forget you and I guarantee you won’t forget her. Karla makes it happen.”
The Nancy Glenn Community Servant Award recognizes someone who has given time and talent in making Matthews a better community through service. The award is given in memory of Nancy Glenn, who passed away in December 2006.
The award is presented each year by the Matthews Human Services Council, which is a group of 35 nonprofits that help citizens in areas such as housing and medical assistance. The council has been giving out the Glenn award since 2007.
“Thank you to the family of Nancy Glenn, thank you to the town of Matthews and thank you to my friends at the Matthews Human Services Council,” Ennis said during the awards presentation. “Words can’t express how thrilled I am to receive such a significant honor. When I look at the past Nancy Glenn award winners, four of them are my dear friends. I am humbled.”
Bill Helms, who is the president of the Matthews Human Services Council, said picking a winner is an extensive process. Each of the 35 nonprofits get a vote.
“Karla is an incredible woman,” Helms said. “She goes well above and beyond, and she is very deserving of this award. She is exemplary of what the Nancy Glenn award is about. She never hesitates to take on any challenges ,and she gives her time and energy, which goes above the call of duty.’’