If the environment has taught Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB) anything over the last 35 years of operation, it’s that things change. This year marks a well-deserved change for longtime President and Executive Director Connie Wiggins.
As she embarks on a new chapter in her life, she leaves GCB in the capable hands of its Board of Directors and seasoned staff. On Friday, April 22 – which just so happened to commemorate Earth Day – GCB played host to its Annual Awards Dinner. The evening’s festivities included a very special tribute to Wiggins, as well as the recognition of a group of caring individuals and local businesses that serve as shining examples of environmental stewardship to the rest of the Gwinnett County, Georgia, community.
“Connie and I both started around the same time, back in the ’80s, and she’s been an incredible mentor to me and Keep America Beautiful,” said Keep America Beautiful Chief Operating Officer Becky Lyons, who attended the event on behalf of Keep America Beautiful. “I always knew who I could bounce an idea off of, or who to seek advice from on a new program and I will truly, truly miss that.”
Bartow Morgan, GCB Chairman of the Board, had this to say about Wiggins’ departure, “We are truly thankful to Connie for an amazing 30 years of service to our organization and our community. During that time, she championed countless campaigns and garnered numerous awards on behalf of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. She was never one to sit idly by, often jumping in and getting her hands and clothes dirty during a cleanup event – smiling ear-to-ear all the while. We look forward to paying tribute to her, while also recognizing the efforts of other amazing citizens and businesses in Gwinnett County.”
As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, GCB has been awarded 65 national awards, with a total of 128 awards overall. Looking ahead to the future, GCB’s devoted staff and Board of Directors are excited to carry on the community-focused nonprofit organization’s legacy of excellence and dedication to making Gwinnett County one of America’s cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places to live, visit, play and do business. Read more.