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11-13-12 Together We Mean Community

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11-13-12 Together We Mean Community
The purpose of the nomination-based Together We Mean Community program is to recognize those employees who have gone above and beyond their assigned duties to make an outstanding contribution to the Lee County community; and Whereas: The employee selected as the Together We Mean Community award recipient for 4th Quarter is Karen Bickford, a Principal Planner who has been employed with Natural Resources since August of 2006; and Whereas: Karen devotes countless hours of her time volunteering with local non-profit organizations to educate and engage the community on environmental health issues; and Whereas: In addition to her participation in the International Coastal Clean-Up and Monofilament Madness annual events, Karen also helps with National Estuaries Days’ educational kayak tours with the Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve and has written numerous grants for organizations such as Keep Lee County Beautiful and Friends of Billy’s Creek; and Whereas: Karen has been instrumental in identifying emerging water quality improvement technologies and increasing Lee County’s capacity to implement water quality projects; and Whereas: This selfless volunteerism is just an example of Karen’s gracious character and the extraordinary contributions she has made to the citizens and community of Lee County. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby recognize and praise Karen Bickford and congratulate her as the selected employee for the Together We Mean Community program for 4th Quarter, 2011/2012.