Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Til Purnell Honored by the Sierra Club

A woman I have great respect for, Til Purnell, has won the National 2005 Special Services Award from the Sierra Club.

Til is part of a wonderful couple that returned to Sussex County from service abroad and has helped shape who we are. While she has championed environmental issues, her husband Skipper has been a voice in improving and modernizing state government. I had occasion to mention Skipper back in December.

Til Purnell is who I think of when I think of the word "forthright." She has convictions, and she stands for them. I have covered her as a reporter, worked with her in community theatre, sat with her in the audience at County Council, interviewed her and profiled her for Outdoor Delaware magazine, and argued with her as a state employee.

The woman is who we should all aspire to be.

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