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Iron Mountain Daily News. March 4, 2022.

Editorial: Michigan to Salute Service, Donating with Governor’s Awards

The Michigan Community Service Commission encourages Michiganders to nominate friends, family and peers who have made a difference for others for the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards.

This annual event recognizes contributions made through volunteerism, service and philanthropy. It has been hosted by the Governor of Michigan for nearly 30 years to recognize the commitment of Michigan residents, organizations and businesses to improving the lives of people and communities.

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Several nomination categories are available for volunteer and philanthropic efforts that have taken place over the past year, including honors for youth, mentors and older adults.

Organizations will be recognized for their civic engagement and businesses for maximizing the collective impact of employee volunteerism and corporate social responsibility programs.

Special awards will also be given for lifetime service and giving achievements.

Applications must be submitted by April 30. Nomination instructions are available at https://www.research.net/r/2022MIServiceAwards.

A hard copy of a nomination form is also available upon request. Contact the Michigan Community Service Commission at 517-335-4295 or [email protected]

“Michigan has a long tradition of serving and helping others,” said Ginna Holmes, executive director of MCSC. “The Governor’s Service Awards are a great opportunity for us to come together and celebrate those who have truly made a difference.

The nomination should tell the story of why the nominee deserves to be honored as one of Michigan’s outstanding individuals or organizations committed to making a difference. When creating the application, it is important to provide as much relevant information about the candidate as possible.

Self-nominations for individual categories are not permitted, but may be made for organization awards.

“I want to encourage every Michigander to consider nominating someone for the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “Although the past few years have been difficult, many Michiganians have responded with the courage and determination that define our state. Michiganders from all corners of our state have stepped up and worked hard to support their communities and help their neighbors.

During the pandemic, MCSC is mobilizing more than $21 million in federal funds for local communities for volunteer programs and activities. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/volunteer.

Traverse City Record-Eagle. March 2, 2022.

Editorial: Supporting the Study of Indigenous-Run Residential Schools

The harrowing discovery last year of hundreds of unmarked graves at several Indian residential school sites in Canada has rightly set the wheels in motion – wheels already rusty from neglect.

Immediately after, promises to do better were made by governments, especially in states with their own government-sanctioned boarding school horrors.

Michigan is home to three such sites: the Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School; the Holy Childhood boarding school in Harbor Springs; and the Holy Name of Jesus Indian Mission in Baraga.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed budget for 2023 echoes that promise with a one-time $500,000 appropriation to study “the number of children who have been abused, died or disappeared in these schools, and the long-term impacts term about these children and families. of children forced to attend these schools” and submit a report a year later. This goes hand in hand with federal efforts led by Deb Haaland, our nation’s first Native American cabinet member.

The problem is that in Michigan, several tribal leaders were not involved in these early stages, in the request, in defining its parameters or do not know what roles Michigan’s 12 federally recognized sovereign nations will have. in the process.

So while attention and budgeting are welcome, the state must watch for blind spots to ensure that the course is set – and not by well-meaning bureaucrats – by our Indigenous communities. The role of the state should be one of support, while providing the same concentrated force to open up church record keeping as it has done in the past to address clergy sex abuse. .

The study and resulting report will no doubt uncover some uncomfortable truths.

More than 7,000 other unmarked graves have been discovered at several Indian school sites in the United States and Canada. Beyond the horrific scale of these deaths is the quieter destruction of families, culture and language that still marks communities today – the legacy of these schools.

But we cannot move forward without a clear look behind us – a look without bureaucratic blind spots. Support Anishinaabek leadership by leading the way in our state’s drive to uncover what happened, why it happened, and how its impacts ripple through time and generations.

Escanaba Daily Press. March 7, 2022.

Editorial: March is Michigan Food and Agriculture Month

Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed March Michigan Food and Agriculture Month, to honor and celebrate Michigan farmers, the diversity of produce grown and processed in our state, and the partnerships that keep our food industry thriving. and agricultural.

“Michigan’s food industry is a national powerhouse. We have generated 805,000 jobs and more than $104 billion for our state’s economy each year, making things happen every day,” Governor Whitmer said. “Food and agriculture innovators and entrepreneurs continue to choose Michigan to grow and establish their businesses. They provide new business and career opportunities for Michigan residents, making food and agriculture the cornerstone of Michigan’s continued reinvention. In March, we recognize every person and business that helps make Michigan’s food and agriculture industry what it is today.

Throughout Michigan Food and Agriculture Month, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will be partnering and presenting various events with the University of State of Michigan commodity organizations, Michigan McDonald’s, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and others to highlight different facets of the state’s food and agriculture sector and provide opportunities to learn more about how the food and agriculture industry impacts and improves the lives of Michigan residents.

“One of the best parts of my job is traveling around the state to meet the people who make Michigan’s agribusiness industry strong, prosperous and successful, and I look forward to continuing those visits in March. “said Gary McDowell, Director of MDARD. “Throughout March, you will see posts on our social media channels featuring Michigan cultures, food and agriculture businesses, and MDARD employees who help support and grow our industry. We’ll also highlight nutrition tips to celebrate National Nutrition Month, share information about National Weights and Measures Week, feature children’s books on food and farming for March is Reading Month and provide safety information to our farmers, businesses and constituents during Weather Preparedness Week. .”

Throughout the month: Agriculture and Natural Resources Week at Michigan State University, featuring virtual learning opportunities, events and activities for farmers and others interested in Michigan’s agriculture and natural resources.

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