The Town of Davidson is accepting nominations through Oct. 1 for the G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award, which annually honors a local citizen whose unselfish service has improved the Davidson community. The award will be presented at a Town Hall ceremony on the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving.
The late Jack Burney was “a true friend of Davidson,” whose worked to make our town a better place, according to his official town biography. Professionally, Mr. Burney helped to create the Charlotte Census tracts for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and he ran the Charlotte Chamber Economic Development program for 10 years. He was a White House delegate to a conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development and a technical adviser to the North Carolina Governor’s Conference on Balanced Growth.
In his personal time, Mr. Burney founded the Town Message and published several other newsletters, including one for Davidson Downtown. He also devoted his organizational, critical analysis and leadership skills to several town initiatives.
After Mr. Burney passed away in 2004, his friends, including members of the men’s social group group WIMPS (We’re Intent on Making Progress Slowly), raised a fund for the award. Today, a plaque in Town Hall honors Mr. Burney and past award winners.
Jack Burney Award Winners
2011 – Leland Park
2010 – Ralph Quackenbush
2009 – Jane Ellithorpe
2008 – John & Paula Kelton
2007 – Scotty Nicholls
2006 – Baxter & John Fisher and Evelyn Carr & Annie Mildred Lowery
2005 – William B. Mayhew
2004 – Bernice Houston
Nomination forms are available online at www.townofdavidson.org/burneynomination, or in person or by phone (704-892-7591) at Davidson Town Hall. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2012.
Read about the past winners and see our coverage of the annual awards ceremonies under the “Jack Burney Award” tag.