The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated June 23rd as “Public Service Day” — an annual day intended to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community.
To commemorate this day, our chapter of the UN Association has created the UNA-OKC Public Service Award — to honor a county, state or other governmental employee whose work serves to promote “…social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” (From the Preamble to the UN Charter).
UN Public Service Day recognizes the work of public servants, encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector, and highlights valuable contributions to community and global development.
This year, we are asking friends and members of the United Nations Association to nominate a state, county, municipal, or other government worker for recognition as our Public Service Award winner for 2016.
Our winner will be selected on the basis of:
(1) The employee’s contribution to excellence and innovation in public service; and
(2) The manner in which the employee’s efforts help to illustrate the global
community’s common commitment to “social progress”
and “better standards of life.”
The 2016 Award Winner will receive a commemorative certificate and their story will be highlighted on our website.
UNA-OKC Public Service Award winners
2015 – Jessica Martinez-Brooks
Jessica Martinez-Brooks serves as the Director of Community Outreach and Education at Oklahoma City Community College with a goal of improving and increasing access to post-secondary education for at-risk, low-income, urban, and minority populations. Through this year’s award, we want to pay our respect to Ms. Martinez-Brooks as an individual and we aspire to honor all public service workers who help to support public education as a profession.
We also hope to call greater attention to the need for quality education in our communities and around the world. Ms. Martinez-Brooks currently serves as a volunteer for a number of organizations in the metro OKC area including: the Southwest Center for Human Relation Studies at OU, Regional Food Bank, Teach for America and more.
2014 – Jacklyn Brink Rosen
Jacklyn Brink Rosen is a legislative assistant in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Several factors were considered in the decision to select Ms. Rosen as our award winner. First, we were impressed by her professionalism and commitment to the functions of the Oklahoma House of Representatives — including the development of public policy, respect for the law, accountability, and responsiveness to constituent problems. Just as important, we wanted to recognize Ms. Rosen’s spirit of volunteerism — a trait that is shared by many public sector workers in our state.
2013 – Ben Pollard
Ben Pollard is Assistant Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Mr. Pollard has devoted his career to building the kind of relationships with Oklahoma landowners that will lead them to a commitment of time and finances to protect their land. This is completely consistent with UN goals. An important mission of many UN agencies is the conservation of our world’s natural inheritance — including the soil and water which sustain us all.
2012 – Brandi Woods-Littlejohn
Brandi Woods-Littlejohn is a program manager in the office of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Ms. Woods-Littlejohn is the project director for Oklahoma’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board. She was nominated by Tamatha Mosier, a co-worker in the Attorney General’s Victim Services Unit. Asked how Ms. Littlejohn’s work contributes to UN values, Ms. Mosier was reflective: “Domestic Violence is recognized by many as a human rights issue. Ms. Littlejohn’s work… betters the lives of victims of violence and allows them freedom to live in peace, free from violence in their homes.”
2011 – Lester Claravall
Lester Claravall is a specialist in child labor law enforcement for the Oklahoma Department of Labor. In that year, Mr. Claravall was invited to participate in an international conference co-sponsored by the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The conference, held in Washington, DC, was designed to support governmental efforts to prevent young children from being drawn into hazardous work. Mr. Claravall led a one-day workshop titled, “Creating Safe Futures.”