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MWA praised for diversity and volunteerism

Jul 24, 2017 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


Heather Veal (center), CMOM Coordinator for the MWA, accepts the President’s Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the MWA, prior to being honored herself as an inductee into the Professional Association’s 5-S Society.

The state’s water industry has recognized the Macon Water Authority (MWA) for achievement and leadership in the areas of diversity, volunteerism, service, and more, by honoring several employees and a long-time board member at the recent Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Annual Conference & Expo in Savannah.

Among those MWA officials honored included Gary McCoy, MWA Director of Water Operations, who received the 2017 Champion of Diversity Award from the Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association (GAWWA). The GAWP Awards Program also recognized long-time MWA District 2 Board Member Javors J. Lucas and the Authority’s Mark Wyzalek, MWA Director of Laboratory/Environment Compliance, who were inducted as Lifetime Members of GAWP for maintaining active membership in the Association for 30 years.

In addition, GAWP inducted the Authority’s Heather Veal, CMOM Coordinator for the MWA, into the 5-S Society. Induction into the 5-S Society is by invitation only and is considered a high honor for water/sewer industry professionals. Members are selected based on personal merit to recognize their long and faithful service to GAWP and their contributions to bettering the Association and promoting its objectives.

Veal also accepted the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the MWA during the Conference. The Authority received this Award for the contributions MWA employees made to community service in Macon-Bibb County and the Water/Sewer Industry, which totaled nearly 580 hours for the year. As a result of completing between 500 to 1,000 hours of community service, the MWA received the Silver Level Presidential Service Award designation.

Also during the GAWP Annual Conference, the Authority’s Darryl Macy, MWA Manager of Sewer Conveyance & Water Distribution, received the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Service Award for his term as a Delegate to the Georgia Section of WEF.

Finally, the Authority’s Desmond Cobbs completed Level 1 of the GAWP Leadership Academy, prompting his recognition among the graduates of the 2017 Class.

Because of his selection as the Champion of Diversity, McCoy was the honored guest of the GAWP Diversity Committee during its technical session of the Annual Conference Program. There, he shared his story of how he advanced from a position as Janitor in the Water Department for the City of Cartersville to the MWA Director of Water.

The Authority’s Ray Shell, MWA Executive Vice President of Field Services and Plant Operation, and McCoy also provided a technical program for fellow GAWP Members on this year’s Vigilant Guard exercises, which the Authority hosted in March at its award-winning Frank C. Amerson, Jr. Water Treatment Plant.

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