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Shonda Award

shonda-kearns-bucky-ballsToday marks the four month mark of when Shonda McCarty Kearns passed away from cancer on July 22, 2013.

With Thanksgiving a week away, I am thankful for Shonda and her friendship. I’ve been feeling strongly about wanting to do something to honor and remember her presence in my life and those that she worked with. Shonda’s impact is interwoven into the fabric of thinkspace which is why I’ve decided to create the Shonda Award.

A Heart of Service

Shonda exhibited a heart of service for others. That is something that I value so much in her. Shonda was exceptional in her kindness and ability to create connection. The Shonda Award is being put in place to recognize the employee who embodies her spirit. The peer-to-peer award will be signified by:

  • Magnetic Bucky Balls
  • A cash donation in the employees name to a charity of their choosing
  • A gift card to the employee

Why Magnetic Bucky Balls?

A few years ago Shonda gave me a stocking stuffer, little magnetic ball bearings. The day that Shonda passed I held this little gift in a totally different way. It’s a symbol of friendship to me, it’s something that I keep close to me. It also represents community to me, all these little magnetic balls stuck together!

Donation to a Charity

Shonda has always been about helping others, putting them before herself. I can’t think of a better way to honor Shonda than by donating to a charity.

Chief Pot Stirrer @thinkspace


  • Sami Dyer

    November 22, 2013

    You are beyond generous, Peter Chee! Shonda would be humbled by this award in her name.

  • Jamie

    November 22, 2013

    Shonda was so kind to everyone. She also loved being at thinkspace and with the team. Even when she was sick she would come by when she could to visit. I think this is a great way to keep her spirit alive.

  • Sheran McCarty

    November 22, 2013

    I cannot think of anything that would honor Shonda more. Shonda thought the world of you and was very proud of Thinkspace and its work. It makes me so proud that in the few short years she was with us, Shonda touched lives like very few could. Peter Chee, thank you for continuing her legacy.

  • Pam McCarty

    November 23, 2013

    Shonda made an impact on everyone who had the privilege to know her. She loved “working” at thinkspace and especially loved the friends she made there. What a generous, thoughtful and honorable way to keep her spirit alive. Thank you, Mr. Chee.

  • Brenda

    November 25, 2013

    Peter, this shows your true colors, which are very bright! This is a wonderful and thoughtful way to express your appreciation and spirit with Shonda.

  • Richard

    August 6, 2015

    I miss my friend. I miss her kindness, laugh, spirit and friendship.

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