The Alamance County Board of Commissioners awarded the “Citizen Volunteer of the Year” and honored other finalists for their service at a luncheon held on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Chair Amy Galey presented the top award to Lee Isley, Planning Board and Recreation and Parks Commission Member and Edna Parker, Social Services Board Member. They were among six finalists for the award which was chosen by the county commissioners. Isley and Parker are the fourth recipients of this award and the first co-winners.
Lee Isley was nominated for his professionalism and leadership on the Planning Board Sub-committee in the rewrite of the Heavy Industrial Development Ordinance. He is serving his second term on the Alamance County Planning Board and an active member of the Recreation and Parks Commission. Mr. Isley demonstrated through his work on the sub-committee that he was dedicated to the Planning Board and the development of Alamance County.
Edna Parker was nominated for her efforts in improving the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this county. She served her first term on the Social Service Board back in 1992, she has been appointed by the NC Social Services Commission, Alamance County Social Service Board, and serving currently as an appointee of the Alamance County Board of Commissioners. Ms. Parker has served as Chair of the NC Social Services Commission as well as Chair of the local Social Services Board. She upholds the mission of Social Services by advocating for the well-being of the citizens of Alamance County. Her leadership with the Social Services Board has assisted citizens along the journey of becoming self-sufficient. Ms. Parker is an active community member serving on other boards such as: Women’s Resource Center, Alamance Arts, and Alamance Chamber Women’s Symposium.
Other Citizen Volunteer of the Year Finalists:
- Courtney Doi
- Paul Walker
- Kelly May
- Lawrence Abbott, Jr
Members of the following boards/committees were in attendance: Alamance Beautiful Commission; Adult Care Home Community Advisory Council; Nursing Home Community Advisory Council; Planning Committee for Services to the Elderly; Board of Equalization and Review; Recreation and Parks Commission; Alamance County Planning Board; Historic Properties Commission; Justice Advisory Council; Library Committee; Juvenile Crime Prevention Council Local Emergency Planning Committee; Social Services Board; Tourism Development Authority; Workforce Development and Voluntary Agriculture District Board.
The Citizen Volunteer of the Year Award was started in 2016 as a way to recognize volunteers for their commitment and passion for helping others; and honoring exemplary volunteers who have shown outstanding service to the county. The finalist have to serve on a board or committee that is appointed by the County Commissioners. The County Commissioners review each nomination and make a selection based on the volunteer’s leadership, service and efforts in improving the quality of community life.
Information on serving on a county board/committee can be found on the county website at: https://www.alamance-nc.com/boardscommittees/ .