At the Feb. 18 City Council meeting, Mayor Sam Seevers and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman presented the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award to Nancy Weidenhamer, who has been improving the Destin community in a variety of ways since 1990.



“If my knees quit shaking, I’ll try and talk,” Weidenhamer told the crowd after accepting the award. “This was totally unexpected.”



Weidenhamer began volunteering locally by teaching literacy to adults, and has also helped to generate positive changes in the community by establishing the Destin Community Land Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the Destin community through volunteerism. In addition, she chairs the Public Works and Safety Standing Committee and is vice-chair of the Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Advisory Committee.



“Nancy consistently confronts every project with dedication, determination, persistence and an unselfish desire to make Destin a better place," Seevers said. "She truly is a gem in our community.”



Weidenhamer’s most recent volunteer achievement includes the completion of Destin’s first dog park. She led a team of 30 supporters and collected more than $38,000 to make the dog park possible. She continues to raise funds for additional improvements to the dog park and does whatever else she can do to improve the Destin community.



“The passion and devotion continuously shown through Nancy’s actions should be an inspiration to us all," Spellman said. "Her active role improving Destin through community-driven efforts have greatly enhanced Destin and will benefit its residents and visitors for many years to come.”



Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission grants funds to Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; coordinates volunteers and donations in a disaster; and inspires all Floridians to serve their communities. For more information, visit: www.volunteerflorida.org.



Seevers was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Volunteer Florida board, also known as the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, on November 8, 2012 for a two-year term.



The Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award honors individuals and groups for their outstanding volunteer efforts.