Longtime volunteer advocate receives award
- Dhyana Kearly
- Central Oregonian - News
gtime Prineville resident, Donnie Puckett was among those honored at the recent Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner as the recipient of this year's Cecil Sly Award.
Although she was not available to receive her award in person on the night of the banquet, she indicated that she was happy to receive the prestigious award.
The award was given to Puckett in recognition for her passion and advocacy for quality services and supports for children and families in this community.
Noted in particular for service on the Juvenile Service Commission from 1980 to 1992; Youth Services Commission where she was appointed founding member in 1993 and served for two years; Commission on Children and Families where she served for six years doubling as the Chair for the Early Childhood Committee; and for 12 years on the Citizen's Review Board, a community board that reviews the case status on children who are in out-of-home placements .
Puckett was also recognized for her work with St. Andrews Episcopal Church, in particular for her work as the acting Community Service Coordina-tor for the last 10 years and for spearheading a monthly donation to the Volunteer Services Program for unfunded prescription needs.
Her accomplishments with St. Andrews also include five years as the Stephen's Ministry Team Member; five years as the Parish Commission on Ministry Chair; the Diocesan Convention Delegate for Prineville to the Eastern Oregon group three times and most recently as Senior Warden overseeing all the administrative functions of the church.
The nomination for this award came from the Crook County Commission on Children and Families who stated, "For those who know Donnie, you know that these accomplishments have not been without personal toll. Donnie was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis approximately 20 years ago. In spite of this personal challenge, she has maintained a rigorous schedule of giving back to her community, a personal challenge to us all."