WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) made the following remarks this morning at the Mayflower Hotel in the District of Columbia as she accepted the prestigious National Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration and National Academy of Public Administration.
I am honored to be selected as a 2019 National Public Service Awardee from organizations that nurture change makers.
The platitudes that politicians offer and constituents believe in can only become a reality because people like you have the talent and dedication to make it so.
Those who commit themselves to serving others are in the business of providing constituents and communities with hope. Hope for a better and brighter future.
When the new immigrant is looking for opportunity—workforce training programs and community college classes open doors.
When the young child is dreaming of a future that will provide the economic security his family longs for—our Early Child hood Education programs, K-12 public school system, free and reduced lunch programs, summer work opportunities and Pell grants will help make that dream a reality.
This award will always remind me that we must seek bold solutions and address root causes. Band-aids or under-funded solutions are wasteful and often ineffective. In fact, they can lead some to believe that the problem can’t be solved or the recipients of the services are not worthy.
Our challenge is to make-up for in-equities in opportunity that so many of those we serve suffer from. To para phrase President Kennedy—We must take this challenge not because it is easy, but because it is hard. The journey towards accomplishing this goal will organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.
And I contend reinforce the principles upon which the Country was founded.
Sen. Favola joins other 2019 awardees, Academic Director of the Judge Advocate General’s School, Thomas Beck, Director of the Washington County Public Library, Jessica Ross, and Former D.C. Mayor, Anthony Williams.
Previous awardees of the National Public Service award are Admiral William McRaven, Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. Representative Donna Shalala and Ambassador Terence Todman.