Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
May 1, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 71 — Daily Edition
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IN HONOR OF TONI CHARIEZ FOR BEING SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE 2018 WYOMING JEFFERSON AWARD
(Extensions of Remarks - May 01, 2018)
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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 71 (Tuesday, May 1, 2018)] [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E579] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN HONOR OF TONI CHARIEZ FOR BEING SELECTED AS A FINALIST FOR THE 2018 WYOMING JEFFERSON AWARD ______ HON. LIZ CHENEY of wyoming in the house of representatives Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Ms. CHENEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Toni Chariez on being selected as a finalist for the 2018 Wyoming Jefferson Award. She deserves to be very proud of this prestigious recognition. The Jefferson Award is the most revered award for public service in Wyoming. It was created with the goal of honoring individuals who enrich the communities and may otherwise go unnoticed. The award emphasizes the importance of serving local communities and that one person can indeed make a difference. In Wyoming, a panel of five judges independently score nominated individuals and determine four finalists, including one winner. Toni Chariez has dedicated countless hours to serving her community. After retiring, she started volunteering as a Senior Companion Volunteer with Wyoming Senior Citizen's Inc. In the 23 years since then, she has volunteered for over 26,000 hours and helped over 200 clients live independently and without long-term care. Known among her clients as ``An Angel from Heaven,'' she takes them to run errands, on walks, and to the doctor all while keeping their spirits up. Toni continues to dedicate her time to her clients, despite some health challenges herself. After spending 10 days in the hospital recovering from a stroke in 2011, she drove herself back home to Cheyenne, Wyoming and immediately started volunteering again. Cheyenne and our state of Wyoming are lucky to have Toni serving the community. Again, Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate Toni Chariez for being selected as a finalist for the 2018 Wyoming Jefferson Award and thank her for her countless contributions to her community. She deserves to be extremely proud of all her hard work and of this recognition.