Two Ardmore women have been named award winners by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. Melissa Walker and Dixie Harper were honored during the recent 26th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Walker, a volunteer with Ardmore Beautification Council, was awarded KOB’s Affiliate Champion Award. Walker was lauded for her first-hand knowledge of the importance of nonprofits in the community. She has worn many titles in her years of service to ABC, beginning her career in Ardmore as the director of the Main Street Program in the 1980s and sitting as an advisor on the Ardmore Beautification Council where she championed the importance of beautification and pride in Ardmore. In 1993, Walker became Sunshine Industries executive director and assumed an ABC board member post, starting as chairman of the Adopt a Spot Program, then the Carter County Litter Poster Contest. She has also volunteered for other programs and projects supported by the ABC.
Harper was named the 2016 winner of the KOB Champion Volunteer Award. This prestigious board of directors award is presented to an individual who has spent in excess of 10 years consistently going beyond the scope of his or her job to provide community improvement as it relates to the mission of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. Harper was cited for her efforts that are clearly out of devotion and commitment as a true volunteer that ‘walks the walk,’ donating personal time and resources to one or more causes supporting Oklahoma’s environmental improvement, sustainability, and beautification. Having served ABC for more than 25 years, Harper developed the Daffodil Award to recognize efforts of individuals and businesses in their landscaping efforts. She was also instrumental in establishing the process and completion of eight beautiful “Welcome to Ardmore” signs.
KOB has been recognizing Oklahomans who support the mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment for more than 26 years..
“Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards is our time to recognize good works and accomplishments from all across our great state,” said Jeanette Nance, KOB executive director. “It is the time that our affiliates, partnering communities, individuals and corporations can be spotlighted for their efforts to help us keep a more beautiful Oklahoma. This time is always so special because we can recognize small communities, large communities, as well as people young and old who share our passion to keep Oklahoma’s beauty running deep. We absolutely love this chance to say thank you for all you do.”