Cameron receives honor for volunteer efforts

October 3, 2018

For many years, David City residents knew Janis Cameron as “the paint lady,” as she helped people choose a color and then mix the paint they wanted. She did much more than just paint as she and her husband owned the True Value Hardware Store, now Ace Hardware.

A couple weeks after selling the store four years ago, Cameron kept her promise to Renee Williams, executive director of David City Housing Authority, Sunshine Court. She showed up one day and told Renee, ‘I’m here to help you out--paint, clean, file, whatever you need.’ While Renee may have forgotten that promise made a few years earlier after she had stopped by the store one day, frazzled at not being able to get everything done, Janis hadn’t.

“Her customer service skills are exemplary. She is one of the friendliest people I know and always arrives with a smile on her face and a happy greeting,” Williams said in her nomination of Cameron for Outstanding Staff Award for the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, NAHRO.

The chapter completely surprised Cameron when they announced her winning the award at the chapter’s annual conference held in Kearney in late September.

Cameron can wear several different hats in one day, Williams said in her nomination letter. “She’s the janitor but also has been a social worker with the tenants, gardener and landscaper with all the flowers she has planted around the apartments; office assistant, maintenance worker and has occasionally put her (rusty) journalism skills to work by writing letters and news articles for the housing authority.

Her past work has given her the knowledge of general household tools to clean and fix most anything, Williams said. “Janis has a knack for “getting it” and knowing how to respond to each situation and person in an appropriate, professional and kind manner,” Williams added. She knows how to have a laugh and when to get down to business.

While only working two to three days a week, Cameron is also a mother figure to the young and disabled, a constant positive, polite, ethical and intelligent employee, the nomination read. She shows apartments to potential tenants and is good at marketing the housing authority in general. In short, Williams said, she is committed and dedicated to her job and the residents at Sunshine Court.

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