Steve and Susan Cottraux named WOW Award winners for NC

The Worker of Wonders (WOW) Award was created to recognize volunteers across LSC who demonstrate significant dedication and service to the LSC ministry. Two WOW Awards are presented each year – one in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.

The 2023 North Carolina WOW Award was presented to Steve and Susan Cottraux of Salisbury at the Piedmont Shepherd Society Dinner on September 18.

Steve and Susan Cottraux lead weekly Bible devotions and singing in several LSC communities including Trinity Oaks assisted living, Trinity Oaks health and rehab, and Trinity Living Center. Each month, they also provide respite care for Alzheimer’s patients while their spouses attend the Rowan Alzheimer’s Support Group. The Cottrauxs were nominated by Bill Johnson, executive director of Trinity Oaks.

“Steve and Susan love their ministry and are committed to serving our residents,” Johnson noted. “The time, money, and preparation they put into their programs is priceless! They allow paid caregivers a few minutes to attend to another need — and caregiving spouses to quality time with others who share similar experiences. This monthly respite would not be possible without their support.”

The Cottrauxs are such dedicated volunteers that they’ve even returned early from vacation to avoid missing a scheduled program. They often bring their dog, Molly — a former resident of Trinity Oaks assisted living — along with them.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to volunteer with such an amazing organization as Lutheran Services Carolinas,” Susan Cottraux said. “Steve and I enjoy all the residents and we are glad to help them in any way possible. As I have always said, nothing really matters as much in this life as your relationships with other people. If you can help, be kind, and lighten someone’s load, you are doing a wonderful thing. Steve and I hope we can continue to volunteer in all areas and spread joy around to our residents anywhere we can in the Carolinas.”