Another deserving area resident has been honored for her dedication to the community and the betterment of young women and girls.
Christine Myers was surprised - and grateful - Tuesday when she was presented with the 2012 Evergreen Award during a luncheon at Northern Michigan University.
The award has been presented annually since 2007 to an area resident based on the following criteria:
Myers, CEO of Teaching Family Homes, embodies all three of the desired attributes, according to the Evergreen Award Selection Committee.
"With over 30 years of leadership experience, Chris Myers has been a mentor and role model in assisting young girls, women and professionals to reach their potential through her knowledge, expertise and guidance," information provided by the selection committee states.
In addition, Myers is credited with being the driving force behind establishing Teaching Family Home's campus on the old honor camp property at the end of Silver Creek Road in Sands Township. Included at the site are four group homes, a school house and library, ball fields, a fitness trail, outdoor pavilion, a gazebo, a maintenance building and administrative offices.
She has also served as a site evaluator for the National Teaching Family Association and served as chair of its Certification and Ethics Committee.
Doreen Takalo, Teaching Family Homes board member, said of Myers: "I have been working with Chris for about 15 years now through Teaching Family Homes. She works constantly trying to improve the lives of all the children she encounters."
Myers certainly appears to fit the bill for earning the award, and we hope she continues on her path of assisting others for many years to come.
The Evergreen Awards program also includes an Evergreen Scholar award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship to a "lifelong learner." The award this year went to Jenny Sides, a graduate student at Northern Michigan University.
Applications for the next round of the awards program can be obtained at the Marquette County Community Foundation, where more information is available by calling 226-7666.