Bost honored with 2019 Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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CONCORD – At the April 11 City Council Meeting, Sonya Bost of the Fire Department was surprised with the news that she is the 2019 recipient of the Jo Atwater Continuous Core Values award. After comments from colleagues and community members, City Manager Lloyd Payne presented the award to Bost, which is the City's highest honor for coworkers.

The Continuous Core Values award was created in 2003 to recognize one coworker annually who embodies the organizational core values and commitment to serving others in the community. Jo Atwater, who was Concord’s Human Resources Director until she passed away in 2004, was the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor.

At a presentation during the meeting, Customer Service Advancement Team facilitator Cherie Jzar announced Bost as the winner her family, friends, and Fire Department colleagues filed in the Council Chambers in a show of support.

"Sonya was nominated by her coworkers for showing extraordinary service to the community, and for her dedication and consistency in demonstrating the City’s core values…by always delivering excellent service from the heart," said Jzar. "She is well known throughout our organization and is often the person in the Fire Department the public seeks for assistance or information. Beyond her knowledge and expertise, most of her coworkers consider Sonya as a dependable, trustworthy friend to whom they can go for personal advice."

Bost has worked for the City of Concord since 2008, starting as a customer care representative when it was located at Fire Station 3. She joined the Fire Department administration team in 2011 as an administrative assistant and is currently a senior executive assistant. Throughout her tenure with the City, she has led a number of high impact community service initiatives which have benefited over 30 families in Cabarrus County. For example, she worked with others to start a foundation in memory of her father after his passing to recognize and encourage youth community service. The
Alton T. Bost Youth Community Service Award financially assists a high school student from her church (Grace Lutheran) for their excellence in community service and excelling in school.

Bost is a shining example of one who demonstrates a commitment the City's core values and a passion for serving others, as noted in excerpts from her nomination:
she nurtures accountability, communication, safety, and trust…she treats customers with respect regardless of their socio-economic status...she holds all in the highest regard and care…she leads by example…she is actively involved as a neighborhood liaison for the Mountain Laurel neighborhood, delivering Meals on Wheels, Logan National Night Out, United Way Team member, and organizing construction projects for Habitat for Humanity…she is a community involvement mentor…she organized co-workers and outside agencies to assist a coworker with home improvements and updates to their home to accommodate a wheelchair.

"I am very honored to be given such a prestigious award, especially in honor of Jo Atwater," said Bost. "I enjoy what I do and I don't look for recognition. I can't say how much this award means to me and to know the work I do and will continue to do is seen at work and within the community. I am thankful and grateful for the award and also to work for such a great Department and City."

Bost grew up in Cabarrus county and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. She is the daughter of the late Alton "Speck" and Thedora Roseman Bost. Mr. Bost was well known in the community, and retired from the City of Concord after serving in the Police Department for 30 years. She dedicates herself to her family, including a special focus on her nephew Stew and supporting him in several sporting activities. Her hobbies include attending car shows and traveling.