By Jessica Salmond, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Renee Hoover was recognized for her 15 years of employment with Community Development Support Association during the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday at The Non-Profit Center.
This was the first time the annual meeting could be held in the newly renovated home for CDSA.
Executive Director Cheri Ezzell deemed Hoover a “champion” for early childhood education, while presenting the award. Hoover has spent her 15 years at CDSA advocating for young children, helping both children and parents with school readiness and collaborating with other youth programs.
Hoover said her reason for coming to work each day was “the opportunity to touch lives of families.”
“I work with a great team. I couldn’t have achieved this by myself,” Hoover said.
Cheryl Evans, president of the CDSA Board of Directors, opened the meeting with praise for CDSA and its employees and volunteers.
“We’ve got a great group of volunteers at CDSA,” she said.
Ezzell gave the annual report and presented several additional awards for employment longevity, emeritus status of board members and outgoing members. She also shared several of CDSA’s success stories.
“It’s been a good year, hasn’t it?” Ezzell said.
Evans closed the meeting and announced CDSA as receiving several awards from state and local organizations for the reuse of its new building, which historically was Newman’s Department Store.
CDSA was recognized for “best adaptive reuse” in regard to its new location at 114 S. Independence by Preservation Oklahoma, Oklahoma Main Street and Main Street Enid.
“I’m just in awe of everything CDSA gets done,” board member Lavonn McKnight said.
CDSA moved into The Non-Profit Center almost a year ago. The center is home to seven nonprofit groups, with “room for more,” according to the annual report.