Community Asset Awards Pride In A Pandemic: Smith’s

Elsie Thomsen

By BERNADETTE LAUREITZEN
C’YA Executive Director

Our next focus for Pride in a Pandemic and the Community Asset Awards is our Smith’s Food and Drug Stores.

The White Rock and Los Alamos stores were nominated, as well as several employees. While we as a community know how very hard many employees have been working, a few were noticed by customers for making a difference in their day.

We start with Benji Valdez and how year after year, and in all types of weather, he can be found gathering shopping carts in Smith’s parking lot. The customer was impressed that he always waves and says hi. He never complains and is a true asset to have working in our community.

Anna Collis

Anna Collis, is a cashier that is cheerful, upbeat and so good at her job. The customer always looks for her when she checks out to hear her funny stories. She is a good person and in pre-COVID days would give you a hug when you entered the store and make you feel special.

Brandon Kennard works at Smith’s in White Rock, is a parent of two girls and dedicated to his job. He is on the front lines at the grocery store, working a lot of overtime so that citizens of White Rock have the food they need for their families. Brandon takes pride in his work and is well known among the community for going above and beyond to help his customers.

We need more people like Elsie Thomsen working in our community. She’s being recognized for her professionalism, gentle spirit and being fun to speak with each day. She’s sweet, sharp as a tack and happy to see you on any given day. There’s a beautiful smile behind that mask, too.

White Rock Operations Manager Mary Dinnell was asked to comment on behalf of both stores for Smith’s Food and Drug. We wanted to share what the last 10 months have been like for them and how they support each other.

“Helping each other in their departments when a shipment of product came in, when the shelves were bare, and we knew our customers had valid needs,” Dinnell said. “I loved hearing the associates asking each other if they were staying safe and also asking about their families.”

Dinnell spoke of how hard employees work, cleaning and sanitizing. She described how they have enjoyed the community support and the support from local businesses. She also mentioned how Pig & Fig brought boxed lunches for employees and customers brought treats – following COVID-19 practices.

Learn more about the Community Asset Awards at www.cya-nm.org or on Facebook.

Our next focus for Pride in a Pandemic, and the Community Asset Awards, is our Smith’s Food and Drug Stores. The White Rock and Los Alamos stores were nominated, as well as several employees. While we as a community know how very hard many employees have been working, a few were noticed by customers for making a difference in their day.

We start with Benji Valdez and how year after year, and in all types of weather, he can be found gathering shopping carts in Smiths carpark. The customer was impressed that he always waves and says hi. He never complains, and is a true asset to have working in our community.

Anna Collis, is a cashier that is cheerful, upbeat and so good at her job. The customer always looks for her when she checks out, to hear her funny stories. She is a good person, and in pre-Covid days would give you a hug when you entered the store, and make you feel special.

Brandon Kennard, works at Smith’s in White Rock and is a parent of two girls, and dedicated to his job. He is on the front lines at the grocery store, working a lot of overtime, so that citizens of White Rock have the food they need for their families. Brandon takes pride in his work, and is well known among the community for going above and beyond to help his customers.

We need more people like Elsie Thomsen working in our community. She’s being recognized for her professionalism, gentle spirit, and being fun to speak with each day. She’s sweet, sharp as a tack, and happy to see you on any given day. There’s a beautiful smile behind that mask too.

White Rock Operations Manager, Mary Dinnell was asked to comment for Smith’s Food and Drug, on behalf of both stores. We wanted to what the last 10 months have been like for them, and how they support each other. “Helping each other in their departments when a shipment of product came in, when the shelves were bare, and we knew our customers had valid needs,” said Dinnell. “I loved hearing the associates asking each other if they were staying safe, and also asking about their families.”

Dinnell spoke of how hard employees work, cleaning and sanitizing. She described how they have enjoyed the community support, and the support from local businesses. She also mentioned how the Pig & Fig brought boxed lunches, and how customers brought treats with COVID-19 best practices in place.

Learn more about the Community Asset Awards at www.cya-nm.org or on Facebook.

Community Asset Awards Winners

Spirit of the West

  • Interact Club

LAHS Interact Club

Adults

  • Keith Lewis
  • Sandy Tobin
  • Alison Pannell
  • Margo Batha
  • Lynn Ovaska

Youth

  • Philippe Fung
  • Malia Hanawalt
  • Taylor Kanzleiter
  • Yunseo Kim  
  • Tommy Oldham
  • Elise Ovaska

Director’s Choice

  • Don Gerheart
  • Sam Wolfsberg

Businesses

Smith’s Food & Drug Store

  • Brandon Kennard
  • Anna Collis
  • Elsie Thomsen
  • Benjie Valdez

Los Alamos Medical Center

  • Connie Carruthers
  • Dr. Patricia Mahoney

Pet Pangea

  • Cindy Wells

SEW Many Masks

  • Lisa Gonzales
  • Diane Hammon
  • Pam Hundley
  • Sue Souza
  • Lorraine Roman-Vasilik
  • Clara Vigil

USPS

  • Brett Doughty
  • Steven Sanderson

Additional Nominees

  • Christopher Adams
  • Shannon CdeBaca
  • Minsung Chae
  • Jordan DuRose
  • Heather Elliott
  • Ryn Herrmann
  • Chris Judson
  • Joanne Kozuchowski
  • Lisabeth Lueninghoener
  • Kenyon Mackey
    Melissa Mackey
  • Herman Manzanares
  • George Marsden
  • Maire O’Neill
  • Catherine Ozment
    Laura Parkison
  • Linda Sanders
  • David Sanders
  • Sarah Sanders
  • Emily Sanders
  • Scott Smith
  • Alison Ticknor
    Christina Wadlington
  • Cyndi Wells
    Chris Cude-Woods
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