County emergency management coordinator receives award from University of Georgia.
LUDINGTON — Mason County Emergency Management Coordinator Liz Reimink was presented with the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health’s Internship Facilitator of the Year award during the Mason County Board of Commissioner’s regular monthly meeting.
Reimink was nominated for the award by U.S. Army Maj. Kristopher Appler, who interned in the Mason County Emergency Management office in 2017 while working on completing his master’s degree from the University of Georgia in disaster management and epidemiology. Appler is also a doctor of veterinary medicine.
Appler told the board of commissioners that he was so impressed with all that emergency management had been accomplished in Mason County.
“Ms. Reimink’s determination, leadership, and high standards of excellence made my internship in Mason County, Michigan, the most dynamic learning experience I have had during my time at the University of Georgia,” Appler wrote in his nomination. “In the numerous areas and organizations I have worked, I have never seen a community so committed to cooperation and emergency planning. After spending three months in Mason County, I contribute this to the 10 years Ms. Reimink has spent guiding and fostering emergency awareness and preparedness throughout the community. She leads by example and embraces community involvement.
“In an office composed of herself and one part time assistant, these women exhibited a resourcefulness and tenacity comparable to their extraordinary level of community involvement. They allowed me to become immersed in local emergency management. This has fundamentally shaped how I view emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation at a local level.
“Ms. Reimink embodies the best of Emergency Management and the efforts to preserve the health and wellbeing of the community she serves. Her leadership, selfless service, and commitment to duty knows no bounds. She developed and delivered an exceptional learning experience during my time in Mason County.
“On behalf of Major Kristopher Appler, Ms. Nina Cleveland, and the University of Georgia College of Public Health, please accept the 2018 Preceptor of the year award.”