NCTC Employee Receives Women of Distinction Award

Ora Dixon, 2012 Woman of Distinction // Photo Credit: USFWS

A National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) employee, Ora Dixon in the Division of Education Outreach, was one of three women selected to receive the 2012 Women of Distinction Award given by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital during a recent luncheon in Martinsburg, West Virginia. This prestigious award is based on distinguished service, excellent leadership, and capacity to serve as role models for youth especially girls.

Biologist, training specialist, and course leader are three titles for this extraordinary woman. Dixon is also a role model and leader in her professional field and personal life. She earned national and international recognition for research in microbiology. A lifetime Girl Scout, she continues to make a positive impact on her community. Dixon serves as a member of the Eastern Panhandle Federal Executive Association and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Friends of the National Conservation Training Center and a member of the Staff Pastor Relations Committee at Asbury United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown.

Role models have helped Dixon in her own life. Dixon said, “I am the unique individual that I am today because others in my life journey saw something special in me. They shared their valuable time with me and helped me to make independent decisions. I read books by renowned conservationists like Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, and these influenced my career. Rachel Carson is one of my role models.”

Dixon shares Carson’s legacy often when she volunteers for science fairs in the tri-county area. Dixon is honored to play a role in the shaping of minds for young people, coworkers, and others. For all that Dixon does for others, it is understandable why this prestigious award was bestowed to such a distinguished woman.

 -- published --  October 12, 2012
 -- photo credit --  USFWS

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