Space Coast Public Service Awards Recognizes William Gary With Lifetime Achievement Award
By BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller // August 23, 2016
SPACE COAST PSA HALL OF FAME NOMINEE
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers and risk takers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common-good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress.
The Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes public service professionals who have dedicated years of service during a distinguished career where they significantly advanced the public safety or service profession, and by substantial service, has furthered the cause of justice and the mission of community service. The award is presented to a deserving individual (living or deceased) who has taken a long-term leadership role in a public or community service profession. Recipients of this award are recognized for making extraordinary contributions and sacrifices through a body of work that positively impacted their organization and community over their lifetime.
WILLIAM GARY: Selfless Dedication To Serve Others
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – William “Bill” Gary, has been a resident of Titusville for more than 40 years and throughout his career with NASA and after his retirement, he has been active in the North Brevard community.
Gary has served on the Titusville Citizens Advisory Committee, Titusville Racial Justice Task Force, Harry T. Moore Social Service Coordination Committee, and Titusville Small Business Development Committee to name a few.
In addition, he has served as President of the North Brevard NAACP and President of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex Inc. Board of Directors, and numerous other county and state organizations.
Under his leadership of the NAACP, he has forged a beneficial relationship of trust and cooperation with Titusville Police Department, Titusville City Council and City Manager.
He has worked with City officials to help residents with construction of homes under the city’s Home Replacement Program as well as writing letters of support for the City’s SHIP application to raze the old Gibson apartments and build affordable housing in its place.
Gary has worked with leaders of the North Brevard Economic Development Commission, Titusville Renaissance and other community activists to organize and implement small business workshops to encourage development of these entrepreneurs.
He worked with City officials and their community activists to hire a new Community Advocate for the Harry T. Moore Social Service Center and worked with the advocate to bring in new programs to benefit area community residents.
Gary is well known by area residents and community officials for his many roles and community service in North Brevard. He has shown an unwavering commitment to the numerous initiatives that have been blessed to have Gary as an advocate.
Here’s a few examples:
• Implemented the “Read to Succeed” program in conjunction with Brevard Public Schools to increase grade level reading ability of students during summer vacation. This effort was partnered with the local branches of the NAACP offices. and facilities were utilized to facilitate and provide a safe conducive environment for tutors and students to meet one-on-one and work on reading, math and science skills.
• Coordinated and implemented the St. James A.M.E. Church Community Computer Learning Lab. This lab served local students and provided access to computers to assist students with homework and research. This lab also enhanced the student’s ability to navigate access and surf the recently accessible World Wide Web. He also served as a tutor for third grade through twelfth grade students.
• Served as mentor/tutor for male students at Titusville High School as a participant in the school’s A+ Student Achievement Program. In this capacity Mr. Gary committed time during school hours to meet and work with young men of our community.
• Served as a tutor for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at the University of Central Florida. In this capacity he mentored, tutored and assisted students in navigating the requirements to achieve their degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related majors.
His efforts to champion relationships with the youth and promote the importance of education to bridge the socio-economic divide that continues to exist have benefited our community significantly. His efforts in this arena are living examples of his selfless dedication to serve others.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Space Coast Daily is very proud to sponsor and produce the first annual Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, which will be held Saturday, September 24 at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne. With all the seemingly endless politically-charged negative rhetoric in the media aimed at our first responders, we felt it was time as a media entity to make a statement and give these men and women the respect and support they deserve. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this compelling event where all proceeds will benefit the Brevard County Public Safety Charity.
Seating for this celebration of these outstanding public servants is now available, so don’t delay in making your reservation. The festivities will include a meet-and-greet with our outstanding public servants, food and drink, and the induction proceeding – which will feature compelling video tributes.
All proceeds of this event will go to the Brevard County Public Safety Charity which benefits our law enforcement officers and firefighters in their time of need. These funds will help our public safety members when they face critical challenges such as medical emergencies, long term illness or even the tragedy of a line of duty death. This charity organization is designed to help protect those that protect us.
For additional information about the Brevard County Public Safety Charity, please contact Sue Parker at Sue.Parker@BCSO.us.
– Tom Palermo, Space Coast Daily President & Publisher
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction, call 321-615-8111 or 321-323-4460.