By Bill Spinks

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ellis Christian Women’s Job Corps was unable to hold its annual awards luncheon. However, that didn’t stop the group from handing out its annual Rose Awards.

On Tuesday, award winners for 2020 were recognized at First Baptist Church Red Oak.

Award winners included the Cowboy Church of Ellis County as the 2020 Partner of the Year. The Cowboy Church of Ellis County has been an active and faithful partner with the Ellis CWJC for the past several years. In addition to the church supporting financially, the Joy Walkers class provides lunches for the participants, as well as volunteers in different roles from decoration help at fundraisers to serving as mentors, teachers and prayer partners.

The 2020 Volunteer of the Year is Sharon Quate, who has been associated with the Ellis CWJC for many years as a mentor, a member of the Rose Award committee and a member of the Advisory Council. Quate attends the Cowboy Church of Ellis County and is active with the Joy Walkers.

The four Rose Award winners for 2020 are Norma Belcher, Johanna Sigala, Anna Hammonds and Donna Young.

Norma Belcher, a resident of Midlothian since November 1998, is the director of client services at Manna House. Belcher and her husband, Craig, have been married for 28 years and have three children, and she assists her husband as a senior leader at Harvest Hill Church.

Johanna Sigala and her husband, Bert, are pastors of Primera Baptist Church in Waxahachie. In addition to being a pastor’s wife, Sigala works as a supervisor for the Ellis County CSCD. The Sigalas have been married for 23 years and have three children.

Anna Hammonds works in the community through her partnership with M. Gale and Associates, LLC, to help non-profit organizations in the advancement of their missions. As one of the leaders for the Midlothian Project, she has been working to network leaders in Midlothian to increase collaboration and the impact of those already adding value to the community. Hammonds lives with her husband, Danny, and their four kids, ages 12, 10, 7 and 5.

Donna Young has been CEO of FirstLook for 13 years and in ministry in Ellis County for 23 years. Prior to FirstLook, she was program director of Hannah’s Ministry at the Texas Baptist Home for 10 years. Young and her husband, Jerry, recently celebrated 50 years of marriage and have one adult son, Ethan.

The 2020 Becky Ellison Alumni Award winner is Tracie Stewart, who attended Ellis CWJC Level 1 in the fall of 2018 and went on to complete Level 2 in the spring of 2019. During her first session, she gained employment with Hobby Lobby as a part-time cashier. Upon completion of Level 2, she was promoted to full-time and department manager. Stewart attends Eastridge Baptist Church in Red Oak and is involved with Operation Christmas Child and a card ministry for her class.