The Washington PUD Association Congratulates our 2013 Award Recipients
The Washington Public Utility Districts Association presented its annual awards recognizing the outstanding dedicated service and commitment of individuals serving PUDs at the organization’s Annual Conference December 5, 2013 in Airway Heights, Washington. The Washington PUD Association presents awards annually for lifetime achievement, commitment to public service, and meritorious action in a life-threatening situation. In addition, the Association presents a $1,000 educational scholarship to a graduating senior of a PUD employee.
Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Douglas County Commissioner Lynn Heminger and retired Mason County PUD No. 1 Director of Operations Tracy Colard. The Washington PUD Association awarded two lifetime achievement awards this year. The award is the highest honor of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association.
Douglas County PUD Commissioner Lynn Heminger (pictured below) was presented with the award for his exceptional leadership, dedication and advocacy work on behalf of public utility districts. Heminger has served on the Douglas County PUD Board of Commissioners since 1991 and has served as President and Vice President during his 23 years on the Board. Heminger has served on the Washington PUD Association Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President and Past President. Mr.
Heminger has also served as the PUD’s representative to the American Public Power Association and the Northwest Public Power Association. In addition to his work on behalf of PUDs, Mr. Heminger has been a member of the Development Council since 1993, served as President of the North Central Washington Council during 1996, and as President of the Washington State Association of the RC&D in 1997 and 1998. Mr. Heminger is retired from a career as an orchardist and is a descendent of a Douglas County pioneer family.
Recently retired Mason County PUD No. 1 Director of Operations Tracy Colard (pictured to the right) also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his skills, knowledge, innovation and leadership during his 43 year career in the utility industry. Colard began his career at Grays Harbor PUD before moving to Mason County PUD No. 1 in 2003 as the Director of Operations. During his tenure at Mason County PUD No. 1, Colard worked to implement a long term work plan to slowly make system improvements to ensure service reliability. In October of 2013 Colard completed the largest project of his career, the construction of the PUD’s first substation since the 1960s. Colard was recognized for his broad skillset including hands-on electrical system experience, lobbying and advising management on the impacts of federal and state legislation, as well as labor relations, budgeting, strategic planning and project management. Under his leadership, Mason County PUD No. 1 maintained a tight and cohesive union labor force with no grievances or arbitrations.
William T. Elmgren Public Service Award presented to Grant County PUD employee Susy Anderson
Grant County PUD employee Susy Anderson received the Washington PUD Association’s William T. Elmgren Public Service Award in recognition for her work in support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life.
Pictured left from left to right:
Tony Webb (GM), Commissioner Larry Schaapman , Judy Johnson (Grant PUD employee accepting the award for Suzy),
Commissioner Tom Flint, AGM Chuck Berrie, Commissioner Bob Bernd.
The award, which pays tribute to more than 50-years of service contributed by former Clark County PUD Commissioner William T. Elmgren, is presented to a full-time PUD employee who exemplifies PUD commitment and involvement in his or her community. The recipient receives a plaque and a $250 contribution is awarded by the Washington PUD Association to a local charity chosen by the recipient.
Susy Anderson was recognized for her support of the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life. Anderson is a volunteer and works countless hours to raise funds. She and several of her co-workers spearheaded a Grant PUD Relay for Life Team called the Voltswalkers. Founded in 1997, the group has grown to become the top fundraising team in Grant County. This year, the team was named as one of the top Relay for Life teams in the State of Washington, raising more than $111,000 over the past 10 years. In addition, Anderson has served on the Columbia Basin Relay for Life steering committee and took her commitment to a new level by becoming a co-chair of the Columbia Basin Relay for Life. Anderson has devoted hundreds of hours to the cause.
Good Samaritan Award presented to Mason County PUD No. 3 Meter Reader, Vince Campagna
A Mason County PUD No. 3 Meter Reader was honored with the Association’s Good Samaritan Award. The award is presented to a PUD employee or employees who have demonstrated meritorious action in a life-threatening situation.
Vince Campagna (pictured to the left) was recognized for his actions that saved lives and prevented additional accidents and injuries at the scene of a head-on collision. Campagna witnessed the collision that occurred immediately in front of him on Feburary 13, 2013 on a high-traffic and dangerous stretch of roadway. Campagna parked his vehicle to block traffic and put on his flashers. He exited the vehicle waving his arms to alert motorists. Next, he put up the reflective signs that are carried in PUD vehicles. He then noticed a fire had broken out in one of the vehicles and asked a driver of a nearby sand and gravel truck to get his extinguisher out and begin putting out the fire. Campagna controlled traffic until first responders arrived at the scene. After the accident, Campagna arrived at the PUD office ready to go back to work. A passer-by contacted the PUD the following day and commended Campagna for his service.
Walkley Educational Scholarship awarded to Lewis County high school senior
The Washington PUD Association presented Bowe McKay, a senior at WF West High School, with a $1,000 educational scholarship. The Walkley Educational Scholarship is awarded to a high school student who is a child of a PUD employee. The scholarship was established by Glenn and Elvira Walkley. Glen was a Franklin County PUD Commissioner from 1945 to 1980.
McKay is the son of Lewis PUD line foreman, Thomas McKay. He is a three sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball and his goal is to play football at the college level. He plans on attending college in either Washington or Oregon and pursuing a degree in business administration.
Pictured left: Lewis PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick, Walkley Scholarship recipient Bowe McKay, Lewis PUD Commissioner Dean Dahlin, Lewis PUD Commissioner Chuck Tenpas
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