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Nosek receives prestigious award
REGION -- Tammy Nosek, daughter of Robert and Diane Milligan of Rumford Point, and Jennifer Turner, daughter of Craig and Lillian Turner of Hanover, both graduates in the Rumford High School Class of 1988, came together to make magic happen for Jennifer.
Three years later, the result is a new house custom designed to fit the needs of Jennifer, severely handicapped since age 13, to enable her to live independently in a home that she can call her own.
Tammy Nosek is the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Meritorious Service Award given by the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) Mohawk-Hudson Section. She was chosen for this honor based upon her involvement in a multitude of activities and events, both related to the ASCE and within her community.
Within the ASCE, if there is a committee, she has chaired it; if there’s a meeting, she has organized it. As an example of her work in her local community, Tammy has volunteered with Angel Flight, providing free transportation for the needy to medical treatment facilities; Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a volunteer handler for dogs in training; and the Winona Lake Engine Company in Newburgh, NY, where she lives.
One of the many things that make Tammy special is that her definition of “community” extends to Auburn and her involvement in the Jennifer Turner Project. A few years back Diane Milligan, Tammy’s mother, came across an article about Jennifer Turner, a severely handicapped local woman, and recognized Jennifer as a classmate of Tammy’s from Rumford High School. At the time, Jennifer was involved with a project through the city of Auburn to have a house built to accommodate her needs. After reconnecting with Jennifer, Tammy learned that the project had slowed and there were not enough resources to keep it going.
This is where the powerhouse that is Tammy Nosek stepped in.
Tammy brought in the engineering resources of the ASCE to make necessary design changes to the house design when a new piece of property needed to be secured. She enlisted the help of other engineers in various aspects of the project, including laying out the house to fit the property, temporary structure design during construction, and designing a retaining wall to ensure that Jennifer will have maximum use of the property. She then spearheaded efforts to raise almost $200,000 in donations in cash, materials and/or labor for the project.
After months of construction, the project reached its conclusion with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on June 24 at Jennifer’s new home in Auburn.
Tammy is one individual who will rise to seemingly insurmountable challenges. She believes that the undoable can somehow be done. Her volunteer work ethic is to be admired. Her devotion to a cause, whatever or wherever it is, is something others can only aspire to. Her efforts are inspirational to those around her. Few deserve the honor of the Meritorious Service Award as does Tammy Nosek. Thank you, Tammy, for making a difference in our community.