PATERSON, NJ – Kenneth M. Morris, Jr., Vice President, External Affairs, St. Josephs’ Health, has been named as the BD® Paterson NJ Patriot winner in the State Governor’s Jefferson Awards, a testament to his decades of public service.
“It is an honor to be recognized by our great State, and I’m truly humbled to receive this prestigious award,” Morris said. “I remain committed to serving the City of Paterson and helping to improve the lives of so many in our community. It brings me great joy to be able to make a difference.”
Each year the Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide medals in 22 categories of volunteer service. The BD® Paterson NJ Patriot honors an individual whose public service and volunteerism advances the standard and quality of life in the City of Paterson. The awards presentation ceremony was held at the War Memorial in Trenton on June 2, 2018.
Morris has served Paterson since 1992 through his service impacting education, arts, health care, housing, youth, and justice. He has volunteered his time and talent in non-profit governance and leadership to the Paterson Education Fund, the Paterson YMCA, The Cultural and Heritage Council, the Teen Arts Festival, the Workforce Investment Board, the Juvenile Justice Committee and the Fine Arts Committee of the Paterson Library.
“Ken Morris is guided by a moral compass that puts the needs of Paterson residents first,” said Kevin Slavin, President & CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “We are proud to have him as a part of the St. Joseph’s Family and commend him on this wonderful accomplishment.”
The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 as the official recognition program of the United States Senate. They are considered America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism.
In New Jersey the awards are also the official recognition program of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism, administered by a partnership that includes the NJ Office of Volunteerism, NJ Advance Media, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, and corporate sponsors.To learn more about the Jefferson Awards, visit: https://vimeo.com/163859672