This year's Sierra Club Employee Awards went to worker bees in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin and California, whose contributions ranged from halting an airport to implementing a financial system.
Awards were presented during an April 20 ceremony in San Francisco.
Jim Price, senior regional director of conservation for the Club's Southwest Region, received the Michael McCloskey Award, which goes to an employee whose work has reflected and strengthened the meaning, purpose and mission of the Club.
For 18 years, Price has served the region that covers Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
He was recognized for his trailblazing work in environmental justice and corporate accountability.
Florida organizer Jonathan Ullman received the Special Achievement Award for leading the successful crusade to stop construction of a major commercial airport at Florida's Homestead Air Force Base. Ullman and his fiance, Blanca Mesa, postponed their wedding to focus on the airport battle in its final days. Emcee Jenny Coyle said staff wanted to buy them a wedding gift that would benefit both their married life and environmental activism. "So we're getting them a really nice ironing board," she said.
A chapter employee, Wisconsin Legislative Coordinator Caryl Terrell, received the Virginia Ferguson Award, which is named after the Club's first paid staff member. It honors an employee who has demonstrated consistent and exemplary service to the Club. A staff member since 1983, Terrell has been a tireless worker, effective lobbyist and able spokesperson for the Club, said those who nominated her. They also called her a "human database."
The Excellence Award - which recognizes an employee a record of achievement in implementing ideas, systems, programs or services that have improved operations Clubwide - went to Susan Golden, senior programmer analyst in the San Francisco office. In the past year, Golden has been the driving force behind the Club's new financial system.
Also honored, for their 20 years with the Club, were Debbie Sease, the Club's national legislative director in Washington, D.C., and Alice Mazzini, outings reservationist in San Francisco.
Photos courtesy Sarah W. Heim-Jonson
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