The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) kicked off its annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day on Sunday by recognizing staff and volunteers for the exceptional work they do throughout the year to make cancer a top national priority.
Featured in the photo are State Lead Ambassadors of the Year, Butch Rivera and Gloria Garcia of Florida.
The top advocacy awards were presented virtually. The 2021 recipients include:
Field Government Relations Professional of the Year – This award recognizes a government relations professional who has worked tirelessly to make a powerful, lasting impression in cancer-related public policy.
- Awardee: Shana Crews, Government Relations Director, Illinois and Iowa
Field Grassroots Professional of the Year -- This award is given to an ACS CAN staff member whose collaborative efforts further the achievement of advocacy-related mission goals.
- Awardee: Audrey Miller, Grassroots Manager, Oregon
National/Regional Professional of the Year – This award is presented each year to an exemplary staff member who has made significant contributions to the organization through their cancer advocacy work.
- Awardee: Maggie Osborne, Director, Grassroots Organizing, Cure Region
American Cancer Society Partner of the Year - This award is given to a staff member at the American Cancer Society whose collaborative efforts with the organization’s advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, further the achievement of advocacy-related mission goals.
- Awardee: Megan Wessel, Vice President, Cancer Control, American Cancer Society, Southeast Region
Alan Mills Award - ACS CAN’s highest honor for advocacy staff, recognizes any current staff person who has consistently demonstrated leadership and excellence in the area of advocacy and public policy.
- Awardee: Sister Maggie Lopez, New Jersey
Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy (VAEA) – This award is the highest national volunteer advocacy honor bestowed by ACS CAN.
- Awardee: Michael Holtz, Tennessee
State Lead Ambassador (SLA) of the Year – This award is presented to a lead state volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advocating for ACS CAN’s area of cancer-related public policy. This year, this award was presented to co-SLAs:
- Awardee: Gloria Garcia, Florida
- Awardee: Butch Rivera, Florida
Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT) Lead of the Year -- This award is given to a lead congressional district volunteer who has demonstrated remarkable leadership advocating for ACS CAN’s areas of cancer-related public policy.
- Awardees: Carol Baker - California, Pearl Carter - Mississippi, Francina Booker – North Carolina, Donna Kemberling, Pennsylvania
Emerging Leader Award - This award is presented to a state volunteer who has demonstrated an exciting promise in their start with ACS CAN by taking advantage of new opportunities to advocate for cancer patients.
- Awardee: Aditya Indla, California
STAFF AND VOLUNTEER
State Advocacy Team of the Year – This award is presented to combined staff and volunteer teams that have worked together to make a significant impression in cancer-related public policy.