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Sharp Honored with 28th Annual Governors Volunteer Award

ANKENY, Iowa – (July 13, 2011) Laurie Sharp of Altoona received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held June 30 in Pleasant Hill.

Sharp was honored with an Individual Governor’s Volunteer Award by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) for her unwavering dedication to protecting Iowa’s public drinking water and leadership in protecting one of this world’s greatest natural resources.

Paul Bishop, ABC Chief Executive Officer, says she is a dynamic leader in the international environmental certification Association, and well-respected by her peers. “Laurie generously volunteers her time and resources while balancing a demanding career with the Iowa DNR and a young family including three daughters,” he said.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards (GVA) program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. The program has grown from a small program only available to state agencies to its present function of providing all Iowa nonprofit, charitable, and government organizations with an easy and effective way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award.

Volunteers may be nominated for an award in one of several categories: Individual, Group, Length of Service, or Disaster Volunteer. More than 700 volunteers were selected for awards in 2011.

 Sharp says she was humbled by the nomination. “I am grateful to be honored with such a prestigious award. I am passionate about this cause and the opportunity to serve an organization that makes a strong impact on the industry.” Her most recent work has been serving as the Certification Council Director on ABC’s Board of Directors and leading the development of a certification Best Practices document.

“Iowa is currently ranked second in the nation for its state volunteerism rate, which is most certainly a direct result of the devotion of Iowa’s volunteers,” said Governor Branstad. “I am honored to have this opportunity to personally thank this year’s award recipients for donating their time and talent to help their fellow Iowans and make a tremendous difference in our state.”

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The annual “Volunteering in America” study, released each June, details the millions of hours that volunteers in Iowa collectively contribute. The estimated annual economic impact of that service is well over $1 billion. The entire report can be viewed at

The Governor’s Volunteer Award program is coordinated by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and the Governor’s Office. For more information, visit or call 515.725.3094.

Established in 1972, the Association of Boards of Certification is dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by advancing the quality and integrity of environmental certification programs through innovative technical support services, effective information exchange, professional and cost-effective examination services, and other progressive services for members.