First Helen Gjessing Community Service Award Ceremony Set for October 24
The Helen Gjessing Community Service Award is named for Helen Gjessing, a longtime St. Thomas Library Friend, environmentalist and voting rights advocate. The award is for the quiet and unassuming yet ever-present fire and passion for community demonstrated by Helen Gjessing throughout the years. The very first Helen Gjessing Community Service Award will go to scientist, educator and environmentalist Anna Francis on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 6:30pm at the ACC First Fl. Conference Room at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus.
According to the Awards web site at :
“The Award Throughout her life, Helen Gjessing has been a quiet force. Never one to garner accolades, she has simply “showed up” for decades in the Virgin Islands, in her quiet and unassuming way, to do what she could and what was needed, to make a positive difference. Cheryl2That is what this award is about. It is perhaps one of the more difficult awards to earn. It is about living life with an attitude of service to, and care of the world around us. The award will be given out annually, if an individual comes to the fore that year who’s observed to live their life in the spirit of the type of service to the community that Helen epitomized, and which is typically unpaid. Someone who quietly, and again and again, shows up and helps encourage and accomplish things toward a better world. There is no monetary gift with this award. It is given by citizens, to citizens. It is recognition of and an opportunity to honor those who selflessly give, and live a life of giving, to the world around them. The public is however invited to make donations, if so inclined, to whatever cause(s) or projects are embraced to the recipient of that year’s award.”
Nominations for the Helen Gjessing Community Service Award are collected between November 1 and May 31 each year. To nominate someone you feel is deserving, click here.