Local Dow employee earns national award

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Dow employee Mary Champagne has been named a recipient of The Dow Chemical Company’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recognition Award for the year 2005.

The award is presented each year to Dow employees across the United States who demonstrate a significant commitment to encouraging and promoting racial harmony and unity within their workplace and community.

Champagne has been a Dow employee at the St. Charles Operations facility for more than 23 years. During this time, she has led numerous efforts to bring various social and educational issues to the forefront in a manner that crosses ethnic, religious and racial boundaries.

Champagne was selected as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award winner based upon a number of accomplishments including:

€ Long-time volunteer in local schools such as helping with fundraising events for school improvements

€ Helped organized a 501C(3) non-profit organization to perform community service activities

€ Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the New City Community Development Corporation (CDC)

€ Board of Directors for the Taft Carbide Federal Credit Union serving as Secretary and sits on the Personnel Committee

€ Chaired Dow’s Diversity Network Rollout committee and served as Co-Implementation Leader for Dow’s Women’s Innovative Network for 2 years at St. Charles Operations.

€ Member of the Dow African-American Network Leadership Team and serves as Co-Chair of the Community Service Committee at St. Charles Operations.

Champagne will be a special guest at Dow’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration held at its corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan on Jan. 16.