Candice McDonald (OH) Named 2012 Fire Corps Advocate of the Year

Ohio Fire Corps: 100% Volunteer! 100% Dedicated! That’s the OH Fire Corps slogan created by Candice McDonald, the Ohio Fire Corps State Advocate and recipient of the 2012 Fire Corps Advocate of the Year Award.

McDonald considers herself a public servant and has committed her life to empowering individuals and organizations to accomplish their personal and professional goals. She has traveled the country for the past 15 years facilitating trainings and assisting organizations with program development and fundraising.

Her numerous accomplishments include co-authoring a book on peer program development in 1999, serving as the keynote speaker for state groups such as the Kansas Keys for Networking, and training staff at large organizations including Ohio State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Malone University, as well as an Associate Degree in Health and Human Services from Kent State University.

After spending five years working for the State of Ohio in marketing, McDonald is in the process of transitioning to a position at Kent State University as a Program Coordinator for the Research Center for Educational Technology.

McDonald is also a certified level one firefighter and EMT. While searching for resources for her own department a few years ago, she came across the Fire Corps program. Serving as State Advocate for Ohio has allowed her to combine her knowledge of the fire service with her marketing skills to help others build capacity.

Since becoming a State Advocate, McDonald has helped bridge the gap in Ohio between the State Citizen Corps Council and Fire Corps. Thanks to McDonald’s efforts, Ohio is currently in the process of planning their second statewide Fire Corps conference. She has established the OH Fire Corps web site and OH Fire Corps Facebook page to help with outreach in her state. She is also responsible for developing the Enhance for the Chance youth preparedness and prevention education program that empowers middle school youth to educate their peers on being prepared for a disaster and preventing fires when home alone or babysitting.

McDonald has donated countless hours to help spread the Fire Corps message. “Candice is a mentor to other Fire Corps Advocates and is always willing and ready to help,” said Fire Corps Program Manager Lori Moon. “Her passion for volunteerism is inspiring, and we are honored to have her as part of our Advocate network.”
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