Jim Verdon (L) 2016 Recipent of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award and John Elliott (R) Director of Government and Community Affarirs for Duke Energy East Region. Jim Verdon (L) 2016 Recipent of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award and John Elliott (R) Director of Government and Community Affarirs for Duke Energy East Region.

Jim Verdon Awarded The 2016 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 13 December 2016 05:00

Kure Beach, NC: Every year, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (PICC) requests and receives nominations for the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.  At the PICC’s Annual Membership Dinner on Thursday, December 1st at the NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher, the 3rd Annual Duke award was presented to a most worthy recipient.  The purpose of this award is to:
• Recognize outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over a twelve-month period.
• Encourage a culture of citizenship and service in our communities.
• Compliment the efforts of individuals and organizations in our community striving to improve our quality of life.
John Elliott, Director of Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy presented the award by stating:
“Over the years our recipient’s time and energy has been spent improving the lives of veterans, the homeless and those that just needed a reason for hope by meeting their most basic needs like nourishing food, temporary housing, or just as important, always ready to provide an encouraging word for those experiencing hardships or difficulties in their lives.”
“We all know our recipient because of their empathy, faith and persistence in helping others.  But what we will always remember is their success in building and supporting local organizations that demonstrate the caring and compassionate legacy of hope  our recipient has spent their lifetime building for those in need.”
Much to his surprise, Jim Verdon heard his name announced and relunctantly stepped forward to receive this most-deserved award.  Jim is a humble man, who does not seek the limelight.  His list of contributions are many, but here are a few:
1. Veteran U.S. Navy.
2. Retired Air Traffic Control (FAA).
3. Vice President and event coordinator for Step Up For Soldiers.
4. Jim works closely with Wilmington Disabled American Veteran's (DAV) to place veterans in housing and to solve other veterans problems.
5. Participates in New Hanover County Veteran's Counsel.
6. Works with Wilmington Arboretum and the Veterans meditation garden
7. Active with AmeriCorps Vista (Volunteer in Service to America) and VetCorp program. These programs also work with CADCA (Community Anti-drug Coalition) and CNCS (Corporation for National Community Service).
8. VFW Homeless Veteran's Stand Down.
9. Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (all major events and fireworks).
10. Adopt-a-highway coordinator for College Road.
11. Extensive New Hanover County Food Bank work including holding two food bank certifications. He takes an average of two people per week through the food bank.
12. Full time work for Good Shepherd Center at the Ashley House for homeless veterans.
13. Volunteer coordinator for local high school and college students. He gets these students set-up with a project and then signs off on their volunteer hours when complete.
14. Member Carolina Beach American Legion Post 129
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Jim Verdon, our recipient for the 2016 Duke Energy and Citizenship Award.  Jim is a true American hero, an outstanding inspiration to many and represents what is good about America today.

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