Making a Difference Outstanding Community Service Award

The “Making A Difference Community Service Award" was developed to honor persons who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication (outside any volunteer work done for their employer).  The honoree selected should serve as a role model for compassion, and service and be striving to make the world a better place. He/ she should have a passion for helping others in his/her community.



Any member of TSAE may be nominated with the exception of any paid staff member of TSAE or any member of the Awards committee.


Persons being nominated for this award will have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion, and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities in one year. The charitable activities / events or service listed on the application cannot be part of the nominee’s job description or duties and the individual cannot receive any monetary or personal benefits from their involvement. 

Judging Criteria

  • The degree to which their services/ actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on  their community  - 40%
  • The length and degree of their service(s) – 20%
  • The extent to which their service or action might be considered above and beyond the call of duty – 20%
  • The extent to which their action would be recognized and valued by their peers/ community leaders- 20%


The Making a Difference Outstanding Community Service Award winner is honored at the TSAE Celebration Luncheon in December.

Past Recipients

Award Year Recipient
2012 Mariano "Bean" Ayala
2013 Mary Reynolds
2014 Mary Partridge
2015 Doug McMurry
2016 Leslie Midgley, CAE
2017 Renita Fonseca, CMP

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