Presidential Citizens Medal to Americans of outstanding character

February 12, 2013 by  

As President Obama gets ready to award the Presidential Citizens Medal to Americans of outstanding character this week, print companies will no doubt showcase the stories of the recipients that will inspire all Americans. Among those receiving an award will be Baltimore resident Janice Jackson

Jackson will be recognised for her work with nonprofit disability-focused organisation Women Embracing Abilities Now (WEAN). As well as being program director and creator of the group, she also finds time to work with the University of Baltimore.

The award marks a fine achievement for Jackson, as this is the second highest award given to civilians and is awarded to people of outstanding character who have put the interests of others ahead of their own.

Obama said:

“It is my distinguished honor to award these individuals the 2012 Citizens Medal for their commitment to public service. Their selflessness and courage inspire us all to look for opportunities to better serve our communities and our country.”

This year’s other recipients include Dr. T. Berry Brazelton who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale; veteran Adam Burke who founded the Veterans Farm where veterans of all ages are taught how to make a living from the land; Michael Dorman, the founder of Military Missions in Action; Maria Gomez, Pamela Green, Mary Jo Copeland, Patience Lehrman, Jean Manford, Billy Mills, Terry Shima and Harris Wofford. These have been whittled down from almost 6,000 nominations put forward for the award from all across the United States.