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2011 HR Florida Volunteer of the Year

There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. Within it beats the spirit of service, generosity and compassion. While volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart…a heart which is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.

At the HR Florida State Council dinner in Orlando on August 30th, 2011, the Council was pleased to announce Damian Taylor, Esq. as the 2011 Volunteer of the Year recipient.

Over the past year, Damian has contributed significantly to our goal of “advancing the profession” through his leadership as the council’s State Government Affairs (GA) Director and in his chairmanship of the inaugural HR Florida Tallahassee Day on the Hill.

This is Damian’s second year as the Governmental Affairs Director.  In addition to serving in this role, he has served in other council roles throughout the past several years.  Damian is full of ideas on how to create efficiencies in different council processes and is often sought out to serve on various council committees.  He also has worked closely with the federal government affairs director to communicate and educate the council on legislative activities.

In particular, Damian led the initiative to develop and implement the first-ever Day on the Hill.  In less than seven months time, Damian created a committee, determined agenda, lined up keynote speakers, arranged for a visit to the Capitol, and coordinated program certification to offer four strategic continuing education credits to participants. Not only was Damian successful in pulling off a great program, he exceeded his goal of 50% chapter participation by attracting 17 chapters to the event with 40 attendees.  Those 40 attendees met with over 15 state congressmen and senators who were successful in advocating for changes in legislation regarding guns in the workplace, e-Verify, unemployment compensation and civil rights updates.  The program was so successful it has now become the standard for legislative activities at the state level.

From Damian’s advocacy for council activities to his leadership of the inaugural Day on the Hill, Damian exhibits all of the qualities of a Volunteer of the Year.  It has truly been our pleasure to work with Damian. 

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