NCIPL is proud to announce that 3 of our volunteers were awarded the 2013 Governor’s Award: Penny Hooper (Morehead City) Carl Sigel (Raleigh) and Jean Larson (Asheville). Each recipient is more than deserving of the award and we are so happy that they won!
About Penny: Penny joined NCIPL in 2008 as a Steering Committee (SC) Member. A year later, she became the SC Secretary, and hasn’t missed a beat since. Her roles with NCIPL include, but are not limited to: Secretary of the Steering Committee, Outreach Working Group Member, Climate Justice Tour 2010 Organizer, and Sierra Club liaison.
This year, Penny helped organize an extremely successful offshore wind energy forum at Carteret Community College. She also helped organize the Fort Brag location for the International Hands Across the Sand Protest against Offshore Oil Drilling that drew over 50 people and several members of the press. In all her efforts, Penny keeps us hopeful that North Carolina can and will respond positively to climate change.
About Carl: Carl contributes to almost every aspect of the organization’s work on a regular basis. The Chair of our Steering Committee, Carl is both a leader and a doer, logging more hours each month than any other volunteer. Throughout 2012, Carl served on the planning committee for the state-wide Ground for Hope Conference, for which he also led workshop. Carl has guided our organization’s strategic plans, attended almost all of NCIPL’s Raleigh Earth Sabbaths, and tabled and spoke at countless NCIPL events. Not only is Carl always willing to help out at NCIPL events, he initiates them.
Aside from the hours, there is also a deep and motivating commitment to responding positively to climate change in Carl’s soul. Carl helps the organization remember that its mission to help faith communities address climate change with positive and hopeful solutions is indeed possible.
About Jean: Jean brought NCIPL’s Earth Sabbath Celebration program to the Asheville area. Thanks to her, the services are led by talented faith leaders, well attended, and greatly appreciated by all. Jean undertakes the many layers of responsibilities in regards to organizing these services with great ease. From a staff perspective, she is reliable and very easy to communicate with. She is committed to the program and helps create a welcoming space for all. Jean is humble and kind, so that although she is leading this program, no one feels intimidated or unwelcome. Instead, all feel empowered to lead and participate in these meaningful services.
Jean is one of those volunteers we think of when day-to-day work is hectic, as she exudes peace and hope.
Also nominated were: Lyle Adley-Warrick, Nancy Carnes, Steve Halsted, John Seymour, Gary Smith.
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers; we couldn’t do it without you!
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