is gratified to be able to focus on the positive while simultaneously
working to correct serious problems within animal shelters. It
is our intention that each subsequent year the cash prize presented
with the Maggie Award will increase as the scope of our
work increases and we see our mission fulfilled.
of the 2010 Maggie Award received a handsome commemorative
plaque (see close-up at right), a decorative check extolling his
achievement, a Bank of America cashier's check made out for $250.00,
and Shelter Reform's letter of commendation
to him (see the PDF of it here).
We at Shelter Reform put our money where our mouth is in our earnest
desire to emphasize positive contributions in the animal control
world. [Photo above, left-to-right: Officer Ed Vandewalker,
award winner Nathan Millwod, Shelter Director James Johnson, and
Shelter Reform representative Tina Brown.]
winner is none other than Nathan Millwood, animal control officer
in Macon, Georgia. Warmest congratulations, Officer Millwood!
We hope your example becomes an inspiration to others!
city of Macon came out in force to celebrate Nathan Millwood's achievement:
the room was filled with his peers and superiors. To Nathan's immediate
right is Police Chief Mike Burns, who presented the award to Millwood.
To his left is Erica Jackson, and at the far right is Captain Michael
Schlageter. Along with Jami Gaudet, MPD's Public Information Officer
(regrettably not shown), Ms. Jackson (Executive Director of Management
Services for MPD) and Capt. Schlageter (head of MPD Internal Affairs)
have taken a proactive stance in taking the Macon shelter to the
next level. Shelter Reform is continuing to actively support and
encourage these city officials in their sacrificial efforts on behalf
of the animals at the Shelter.
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were four finalists for this year's award, but it soon became
clear to Shelter Reform researchers and staffers who should
be the recipient of the 2010 award. This individual was acknowledged
by many local rescuers and animal advocates in his city to
be the standout among his peers in his genuine concern for
the animals under his care, as well as in his exceptional
service to the public. We at Shelter Reform have seen this
aspect of his work in-person, but the long-term assessment
by independent observers is what put this year's winner over
of the award by Macon Police Chief Mike Burns was held at
a press conference at 1:30 PM Thursday, April 15, 2010 in
the Com Stat Room at Macon City Hall. MPD Public Information
Officer Jami Gaudet helped coordinate the awards ceremony
and helped preside over the ceremony, reading the entire text
of the Award Letter. The major televison stations covered
the press conference; Shelter Reform will be posting video
of the awards ceremony in the next several weeks on this website.
media exposure such efforts receive, the brighter Officer
Millwood's example will shine for others to emulate and catch