Awards

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The Virginia Section (VA AWWA) works to promote the contributions of members and Virginia organizations to the drinking water field. In addition to the VA AWWA Awards, individuals and organizations may be nominated for appropriate awards presented by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The procedures for nominations and selection vary by award and are summarized below.

For more information, contact our Executive Manager or visit the AWWA Awards page.  And, don't forget to celebrate with our past award winners

 

  • 1. George Warren Fuller (AWWA)

    The George Warren Fuller Award is presented annually by each AWWA section to a member for distinguished service in the water supply field in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, the brilliant diplomatic talent, and the constructive leadership that characterized the life of George Warren Fuller. Each year, the VA AWWA awardee is selected by the Fuller Award Committee.  All nominations are due to the Fuller Committee Chair, Ali Mahan, by June 30th (ali.mahan@obg.com). 

    Guidelines     Nomination Form     Past conferees.

  • 2. Herbert W. Evans, Jr. Distinguished Service

    This award is given in recognition of the demonstrated activity of a member of AWWA who has contributed outstanding participation, counsel, and progressiveness to the Section for a period no less than ten (10) years. The VA AWWA Board of Trustees selects the award recipient from among nominations received from the Section membership. Members are invited to submit nominations to the Executive Manager or any member of the Board of Trustees by June 30th of each year.

    Guidelines     Nomination Form      Past conferees.

  • 3. Edward H. Ruehl Operator of the Year

    This award was established to recognize outstanding licensed water works operators in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VA AWWA Plant Operations Committee will select from a pool of nominations received from the section membership (either Individual, Corporate or Utility) for recommendation to the Board, which approves the nominee. Members are invited to submit nominations to the Executive Manager by June 30th of each year.

    Guidelines      Nomination Form      Past conferees

  • 4. Sherry Williams Leadership Award

    This award was established in 2016 to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of a VA AWWA Section member that has shown exceptional leadership skills, professional expertise, and dedication to the Section.  Nominees for this award must have achieved special performance in one or more of the following areas: Customer service (internal and/or external), Pursuit of continual improvement, Coaching/Mentoring, Communications, Teamwork/Engagement, Committee contributions, or Other significant accomplishments. Members are invited to submit nominations to the Executive Manager by June 30th of each year.  

    Guidelines        Nomination Form

  • 5. Membership

    This award was established to recognize the interest and demonstrated activity of a member of the Virginia Section AWWA, who has contributed to the progress of the Section by securing the greatest number of new members in the parent association during a one-year period, and to honor the memory of one deceased member of the Virginia Section who made outstanding and distinguished contributions to the Section.

    Guidelines   Past conferees

  • 6. VA AWWA Larry Gordon Safety Award

    This award was established in 2013 to encourage waterworks facilities to participate in promoting an active and effective safety program and to recognize those facilities that do.  The award was named after Larry Gordon of Spotsylvania County Utilities, an active member of the Accident Prevention and Safety Committee prior to losing his battle with cancer.  Mr. Gordon was a major proponent of safety practices and safety training.  The award selection committee is a sub-committee of the Safety and Security Committee.

    The waterworks facility shall be the member of the Virginia Section either as a Utility Member or have at least one individual member employed at the facility.  The facility must also submit to an interview process to include an on-site visit and safety program review by the Safety and Security sub-committee.

    A complete application must be submitted to the Safety and Security Champion, Jim Cherry (jcherry@vbgov.com) by June 30, 2017. 

    The award will be presented to a facility representative at the Joint Annual Meeting VA AWWA awards luncheon. 

    Guidelines and Nomination Form        Past Conferees

  • 7. Courageous Service Award

    This award shall constitute recognition of courageous service on the part of an employee(s) in the water utility or wastewater utility profession. To be eligible for this award the individual(s) must, within the past 12 months, as the result of extraordinary and/or catastrophic events, have demonstrated acts of dedication to their profession, so as to ensure and maintain the provision of water and wastewater services to the community(ies) they serve, in circumstances where they have placed the needs of said community above their own safety and well-being. 

    Military duty, in and of itself, while certainly commendable and honored, will not be considered for this award.

    Guidelines     Nomination Form     Past conferees

  • 7. Heroism Award

    This award shall constitute recognition of an act of heroism on the part of an employee(s) in the water utility or wastewater utility profession. To be eligible for this award the rescuer(s) must, within the past 12 months, have performed a significant rescue act either on or off the job toward saving another person or persons from loss of life or extreme injury, and in the process, must have placed himself/herself at great personal risk.

    Military duty, in and of itself, while certainly commendable and honored, will not be considered for this award.

    Guidelines     Nomination Form     Past conferees

  • 8. Outstanding Young Professional Award

    This award recognizes a Young Professional (traditionally 35 years of age or younger) who, through individual effort, has made significant contributions to either VA AWWA or VWEA.  The award winner will be announced at WaterJAM each year.

    Please consider nominating an outstanding YP by sending their name, contact information, and reasons for nomination to the YP Committee Chair, no later than June 6th.

    Statement of award criteria, purpose, and nomination process is available at http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.vwea.org/resource/resmgr/Awards/Joint_YP_Award.pdf

    Past conferees

  • 9. Employer Support Award

    This award is given by the Section to recognize employers that support their employees' growth and development process through continuing education, involvement in AWWA and Virginia Section AWWA activities, and participation in VA AWWA committees. Members are invited to submit nominations to the Executive Manager by June 30th of each year.  

    Guidelines     Nomination Form     Past conferees