Atlantic County Commissioners Give Sonya Harris MLK Community Spirit Award


Sonya Harris from Atlantic County Commissioners YouTube during her final meeting on Dec. 6, 2022.

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NORTHFIELDAtlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson will present the 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Spirit Award on Tuesday (Jan. 17) to retired county commissioners clerk Sonya G. Harris, of Pleasantville.

Levinson will present the award to Harris during the January 17 Board of County Commissioners meeting to be held at 4 p.m. at 201 South Shore Road, in Northfield.

Harris retired in December from the position after 40 years public service, said Levinson in a statement.

The award is given in commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday to an outstanding resident who exemplifies his principles through their involvement in the community and their efforts to improve the lives of their fellow citizens.

“Ms. Harris is well known and highly respected throughout our community for her involvement in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations that serve to improve the quality of life of our residents,” Levinson said.

“She has served as a member, and in most cases also as an officer or chairperson, in the Atlantic City Chapter of the Links, Inc.; the Atlantic City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Jack and Jill Associates; the National Drifters, Inc. Seaside Chapter; the NAACP Mainland/Pleasantville Branch; and the Second Baptist Church Trustee Board.”

A lifelong resident of Atlantic County resident, Harris graduated from Gannon University and also attended the New York Institute of Technology. During her career she participated in the Atlantic City Tomorrow Leadership Program; the Links, Inc. National Leadership Academy; and Rutgers University’s Center for Government Studies.

In the past, Harris was awarded the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Community Service Award in 2019; the “Stand by Me Award” in 2017 from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.; and the Distinguished Associate’s Award from Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in 2014, among other honors.

“Sonya contributes 100% to whatever she is involved,” Levinson said. “We’re not exactly sure how she finds the time to honor her many commitments and serve in numerous leadership positions, but we are grateful for it.

“She is an accomplished, yet humble, role model and mentor who is well deserving of this recognition. We congratulate her and thank her for the positive impact she has had.”

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