Award for Driving Change

Today I had the honor of receiving a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Captain Mark Whitney, Commander, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF).  The award includes a medal, certificate, citation and lapel pin.  The citation read:

 Commander

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility

Presents

NAVY MERITORIOUS CIVILIAN SERVICE AWARD

to

Ms. April K. Mills

For service as set forth in the following

CITATION

For outstanding meritorious service as Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Guiding Coalition Managing Director.  Ms. Mills uses her initiative and creativity to keep the content and structure of the GC fresh and exciting.  She has enthusiastically supported a wide variety of initiatives and promoted the GC to other naval activities.  She excels in her capacity of support for those who need guidance and direction while using the GC framework.  Ms. Mills’ dedication and forward thinking have resulted in developing a contingent of employees who believe they can affect real change in their workplace, no matter what their title or pay grade.  By strongly believing that driving change is more effective than driving people to change, she has started shifting the way we think about transformation.  Her actions have brought great credit upon herself as well as Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

M. R. Whitney

Captain, U. S. Navy

Commander, PSNS & IMF

“…a contingent of employees who believe they can affect real change in their workplace, no matter what their title or pay grade.”  You, the people who spurred me on to start this blog way back in December 2009, you’re what makes me love my work.  In the first post I said,

Welcome to Engine-For-Change.com, my new weblog and site for all things related to helping you drive the personal, community or workplace change you want.  In the coming days, weeks, months, years (eek!) I’ll tell you stories, share thoughts and insights, and–I hope–keep you coming back to read more.

Welcome to all my old friends and my co-workers.  Now we’ll finally have a place to store all those stories I tell you over and over again.

Welcome to all new arrivals.  I hope you’ll find some information here worth using and worth sharing.  I can’t promise genius (for that see Seth Godin’s blog), just a willing and open heart committed to sharing what I’ve found works in making the best of my workplace, community, family and me.

Let’s get started.

Since then we’ve been doing amazing things together.  Thank you for your friendship, your hard work, your hilarity, and your love.  I’m awed by this award, grateful for the opportunity to do work that matters, and optimistic about all that is before us.

Let’s keep driving change together.

Clearly we’re doing something right.  Why not try some more?

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5 thoughts on “Award for Driving Change

  • May 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm
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    It doesn’t much more awesome than that! Well done and well deserved.

  • May 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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    The medal is nice, but the words in the citation are excellent. Well deserved. And nice to see that what you’re doing is both noticed and appreciated.

  • May 24, 2012 at 10:07 am
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    Congratulations April! It is well deserved.

  • May 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm
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    Excellent job April! Well deserved.

  • May 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm
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    We always knew you were an award-wining, inspiring change driver. Now you have the medal and citation to prove it!

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