2017 Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony Set Sept. 23
By Space Coast Daily // July 17, 2017
celebrating highest standards of public service
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – 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 2nd annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to benefit the Brevard County Public Safety Charity, hosted by Sheriff Wayne Ivey and presented by Space Coast Daily, will be held Saturday, September 23 at the King Center for the Performing Arts. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the Awards Program will start at 7 p.m.
Last year, well over 600 attendees proudly watched as 110 Space Coast citizens were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments and devotion to our community.
The purpose of this event is to celebrate the value and virtue of the highest standards of public service to our community, highlight contributions and devotion, recognize sacrifice and efforts, while encouraging future generations of community service.
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These highly prestigious awards will recognize and honor our dedicated public servants and citizens who have served with distinction, selflessly serving our community, and whose work can be viewed as models within and outside the work environment. They have poured their talents, time and resources into helping and improving the lives and future of others.
AWARD ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION CRITERIA:
Award winners will be selected from all areas/levels of public service and citizens who have made significant contributions to their community and will be evaluated by the Public Service Awards (PSA) Committee on their efforts and accomplishments.
For nomination instructions, submission forms and access to photographs from last year’s ceremony, please go to the Space Coast Public Service Awards home page at SCPublicServiceAwards.com
Please e-mail all nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sr. Executive Assistant Jeanette Foster at 321-264-5320 for information or assistance. Nominations must be submitted on or before July 22, 2017.
Award nominations to be considered may include Active, Reserve, Retired and Deceased nominees.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey stated, “Brevard County is truly blessed with incredible citizens who support our public servants and outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities. It’s our honor to recognize these heroes!”
The Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame will be physically housed in the Public Safety Institute at the Melbourne Campus of Eastern Florida State College.
ABOVE VIDEO: More than 800 people packed the King Center on the campus of Eastern Florida State for the 2016 Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Gala 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.
Seating for the 2017 Space Coast Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is now available so please don’t delay in obtaining your tickets.
The festivities include a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, meet-and-greet with our outstanding award recipients and the induction proceedings, which will feature compelling video tributes of each Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame inductee.
2016 Space Coast Public Service Award Recipients and guest are invited to attend at no cost and will be provided VIP Complimentary Tickets. Please call Media Productions Manager Cheryl Sink at 321-264-5370 for information and assistance in obtaining your VIP tickets.
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Space Coast Daily magazine will feature a special section in its August/September issue, showcasing the Public Service Awards and Hall of Fame honorees. This special section will commemorate the contributions made by the honorees and the footprints they have left on our community.
Anyone wishing to include advertisements in this special section, please e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 for information.
Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes public service professionals who have dedicated years of service during a distinguished career where he/she significantly advanced the public safety profession, and by substantial service, has furthered the cause of justice and the mission of public safety.
The award is presented to a deserving individual (living or deceased) who has taken a long-term leadership role in a public service profession. Recipients of this award are recognized for making extraordinary contributions and sacrifices through a body of work that positively impacted his/her organization and community over their lifetime.
Public Service Hall of Fame
The PSA Awards Committee will review, identify and recognize up to five Lifetime Achievement Award recipients with the prestigious Public Service Hall of Fame induction for demonstrating careers that have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of public service and community service in the pursuit of justice and the protection of freedoms and constitutional rights.
Distinguished Merit Award
The award recognizes public service professionals who have performed with exceptional skill, technical expertise, commitment, and innovation while demonstrating sustainable results. The nominee should demonstrate outstanding performance and/or have demonstrated an act of outstanding personal bravery in the line of duty and defense of state and citizens at imminent personal hazard or risk of life.
Public service is vital to the community and should be encouraged, promoted and formally recognized. The philosophy behind community partnerships is to recognize excellence in private sector partners and public service working together to address community problems and enhance public safety in their communities.
This honor recognizes an individual, business, group or organization for continued or exceptional performance, support and advancement of public safety and community service. Additionally, the award may be presented to a Brevard County individual, business, institution or organization for their community support, or commitment to health, environment or professional development of future public service members through professional excellence and innovative practices.
The recipient should have demonstrated an ability to be progressive, innovative, and; identifies a citizen, business, group or organization whose assistance to public safety and service had a positive bearing on an outcome while contributing to the furtherance of public safety awareness, community involvement and sustainability.
Making a Difference Award
Recognizes individuals or groups who have, through continued acts, made significant contributions to improving the quality of life or palliation for citizens of Brevard County, through expertise, spiritual/emotional representation, faith based leadership, ingenuity, generosity, education, and health care for members of the public service community, or those emotionally/chronically/terminally/critically or seriously ill, which significantly impacts the lives of others.
Special consideration will be given to those that embody the spirit of collaboration with other businesses, non-profits, or government, in social responsibility and professional development efforts.
Emerging Influential Award
Presented to an emerging influential (40 years old or younger) for exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to the community during the past year. This individual represents innovation and embodies how business success, professional growth, passion, mentorship, and community involvement go hand-in-hand in public service.
Non-Profit of the Year Award
Presented to a Brevard County associated non-profit for outstanding and visionary contributions to the community during the past year. Special consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate excellence in collaboration with businesses, other non-profits, or government, in their social responsibility efforts. This award recognizes community safety impact and quality of life accomplishments.
Outstanding Military Service Award
Presented to a Brevard County citizen, business or organization for outstanding and visionary contributions to supporting the region’s active-duty/reserve military community, their families and/or veterans during the past year.
Special consideration will be given to nominees who have created and fostered a long-term commitment to supporting these efforts.
The award also recognizes members (Active/Reserve/Veterans) of our Armed Forces who have performed with exceptional skill, sacrifice, technical expertise, commitment, and innovation in partnership with our local public safety / service members while protecting and in defense of our state and citizens. Brevard County is either home or bases many of our Nation’s finest and this award provides the recognition they have earned and deserve.
Claude “Jake” Miller Public Safety Member of the Year Award
This award recognizes a public safety member who has made outstanding contributions to Public Safety / Community Service and his/her organization or who has demonstrated conspicuous valor or bravery in the performance of their duties. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions or accomplishments in their community directly related to Public Safety.
The award is given in memory and honor of Claude “Jake” Miller, who served as Sheriff of Brevard County, Florida, (1980-1996). This award is intended to recognize professionals from the public safety community who have shown unusual initiative, dedication and imagination in the performance of their duties, or, a significant, heroic or meritorious act involving the mission of their organization. The quality of service or effort is the essential factor.
Norm Wolfinger Justice Award
This award recognizes innovative and effective individuals and/or programs whose efforts have made positive influential differences in improving local, state or federal systems of justice in either criminal or civil arenas.
The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions, accomplishments or advocacy directly related to the improvement of justice and civil rights. The award is given in memory and honor of Norman Wolfinger, who served as State Attorney of the 18th Judicial Circuit, Florida, (1984-2013).
This award is intended to recognize professionals who have shown unusual initiative and imagination in the performance of their duties involving the mission of their organization concerning integrity and character, contributions to the public good and welfare, contributions to trial advocacy, and contributions to the legal profession. The quality of the service or effort is the essential factor.
Administrative Professional Excellence Award
This award recognizes public service employees who have made exceptional contributions to sustain and strengthen their organizations. This award recognizes administrative professionals who have continually shown dedication and commitment to the agency through innovation, which has had a significant and positive impact on the agency, organization or community. The nominee should be an imaginative and creative individual who possesses outstanding administrative or technical ability and exercises leadership and initiative.
Award of Purple Heart
The award of Purple Heart is given to those who have sustained personal injury in the performance of duty, inflicted by an assailant with a dangerous and deadly weapon.
Exceptional Citizen Award
This Award may be presented to individuals or groups who demonstrate outstanding achievements in some or all of the following: exceptional volunteer service to a public agency or the community, willingness to extend themselves to help others; improving quality of life in the community, and exemplifies good Samaritans and citizenship.
Examples might include, but are not limited to: exceptional service of an altruistic nature for the greater good of the environment (e.g. act of bravery, humanitarian work, fundraising activities; voluntary participation in community organizations, government sponsored activities); evidence of willingness to extend themselves to help other members of the community with a high degree of excellence, professionalism and integrity in the performance of their work (e.g. exceptional service either directly or by supporting others who provide service to the community; serves as a model of service to the community; shows imagination, creativity and innovation); and contributes significantly to improving the quality of life in their community.
Young Citizen Award
The Young Citizen Award is presented to secondary or post-secondary students (21 years of age or younger) who best exemplify the spirit of zealous volunteer community service.
The nominee must be in good standing at a secondary or post-secondary educational school in Brevard County; demonstrate outstanding volunteer community service; display humanitarian principles by word and deed and should be nominated for the quality of the humanitarian activities rather than for the quantity of activities. The student’s age must be included on the award nomination.
Heavy Lifting Award
The Heavy Lifting Award is presented to exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled educators, managers, or leaders in any state-approved or accredited Brevard County School to include post-secondary institutions; who have gone above and beyond normal duties and have demonstrated the highest degree of commitment, professionalism and excellence; who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; are poised, articulate, and highly effective advocates for their students; possess energy and are passionate. Nominees can be either current, former or retired employees.
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