Rep. CaMia Hopson Nominated for Civil Servant of the Year Award for 2020 RICE Awards

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

State Representative CaMia Hopson (D-Albany) was recently nominated for the Civil Servant of the Year award for the 2020 Rising in Community Excellence (RICE) Awards. Online voting for the 2020 RICE Awards begins today, Monday, November 16 and is open through Monday, November 30, and the award winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on Saturday, November 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. via YouTube.

“So many incredible Georgians have been recognized by the RICE Awards, and it is an honor just to be included as a nominee for such a prestigious award,” said Rep. Hopson. “I am grateful for the nomination, but I want to give credit to the true civil servants who are on the front lines fighting this terrible disease every day – our health care heroes and other essential workers, including our public school teachers. I have been truly inspired by their selflessness, and I hope we all continue to work to find ways to support them as they risk their lives to serve the public.”

Rep. Hopson was nominated for her work to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) in House District 153. During the onset of COVID-19, the Albany, Ga. community became a “hot spot” for cases across the state. In addition to hospitals reaching capacity and a growing number of deaths and widespread cases throughout the area, Albany was also faced with the threat of the Dougherty County School System no longer being able to provide meals to the 16,000 children in the district. Rep. Hopson personally purchased masks to assist with providing PPE to the school system. Once Rep. Hopson’s House colleagues learned of her efforts, they helped raise an additional $12,000 to help her provide PPE to the school system so that they could provide meals for students, as well as enough PPE to give to local nursing homes, city residents and daycares.

The Rising in Community Excellence Awards is a celebration of individuals who work to improve lives throughout Georgia. The 2020 RICE Awards will be given to individuals who demonstrate keen awareness about community needs and step into the fray, lending a hand and making things better. Nominees are selected by a panel of industry professionals, community leaders and everyday citizens. Each category is about a community leader who has used their position to develop or implement programs that have changed the face of communities and helped people in innumerable ways.

Individuals may vote every day from different mobile devices and computers. To vote for Rep. Hopson, please click here.

For more information on the 2020 RICE Awards, please click here.