Longtime Davidson residents Sterling Martin and Jean Jackson have been chosen to receive this year’s G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award. The two will be honored at a ceremony this Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St.
A committee of residents and past winners annually selects winners of the award, which is named for the late G. Jackson Burney. Mr. Burney, who died in 2004, created the first Town Message newsletter and also published newsletters for other local groups. He also chaired the Davidson Land Plan committee and the Planning Board.
Sunday’s ceremony and reception will include music beginning at 3:30pm by the North Mecklenburg Moravian Band, memories of Jack Burney by Jerry Hancock, and award presentations by Connie Wessner, who chairs the awards committee. Mayor John Woods will be emcee. See more about the award and past winners on the town website.
Sterling T. Martin Jr. has been in Davidson since his freshman year at Davidson College in 1959. His lifelong career in the College’s PE department was intertwined with service as scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 58, a founder of Town Day, director of the Davidson College Lake Campus, and steward of our town’s natural resources as a member of the Parks and Recreation Board and Livability Board, and former board member, past president, and current committee member for the Davidson Lands Conservancy. In August, the town’s parks and recreation department and Davidson Lands Conservancy honored Mr. Martin by naming the trail at the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve for him.
Jean E. Jackson, who has lived in Davidson for more than 50 years, has shown a deep commitment to the town. Her nomination highlighted the many and varied ways she’s ministered to the town’s residents and community as a whole. Her efforts include the coordination of the town and College’s Sesquicentennial, special events on Davidson College’s campus, and her work through Davidson College Presbyterian Church, providing bereavement support to others in the community, working on the Congregational Care Committee, and serving as a deacon and Stephen Minister.