Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Best Boss contest winner
won't give any raises

By Lauren Bishop / Enquirer staff writer

Teresa Lock Teresa Lock

The winner of the Graeter's and Jones the Florist Best Boss in Cincinnati contest oversees more than 500 workers who don't make a dime.

They're all volunteers at Bethesda North Hospital, and one of them, David Jenkins, nominated volunteer supervisor Teresa Lock for the award.

Representatives from the companies chose Jenkins' entry over about 50 submitted. Lock found out the news when she came into work Oct. 18.

"I was completely shocked," says the 56-year-old Eastgate resident and 28-year hospital employee. "I don't know when I've ever been so surprised."

Lock says she was touched by what Jenkins, a 75-year-old volunteer wrote. Jenkins said that not only is Lock always upbeat, "but she is also very competent in getting jobs done and listens intently to volunteers' questions and their problems - then works very hard to find and manage solutions."

Last week, Lock received her prize of six pints of Graeter's ice cream and flowers from Jones the Florist. But she says the recognition won't change how she does her job.

"It just makes me realize how much people appreciate you," she says.

E-mail lbishop@enquirer.com

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