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Three employees honored with 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Award

July 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Each year, Portland General Electric recognizes the outstanding volunteerism of employees who have gone above and beyond in their steadfast commitment to their communities, and this year’s three Outstanding PGE Volunteers are no exception. This year’s winners are Verlea Briggs, manager of the Customer Program Management/Customer Technical Services; Dave Carboneau, a member of the PGE Foundation board of directors and a PGE retiree; and Dianna Shervey, a transmission forester.

“It’s always inspiring to see employees who give tirelessly to the organizations they care about most,” said Dave Robertson, PGE vice president of public policy. “This year’s winners truly exemplify the dedication and generosity that PGE is proud to support.”

Verlea Briggs: When Verlea Briggs moved to Portland 25 years ago, she realized that one of the best ways to get to know the community was through volunteering. Briggs has been a board member of Human Solutions since 2008 and is in her third year on the Board of Directors of the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She has also been instrumental as a champion, communicator, and organizer for Work for Art within PGE during the company’s annual Employee Giving Campaign. During her three years as champion, her co-workers’ donations for Work for Art have steadily increased and the organization received the largest number of donations for the entire 2013 campaign.

Dave Carboneau: An alumni of Roosevelt High School in Portland, Portland General Electric retiree Dave Carboneau remembered, when he attended school, there were two constants: a supportive school and a home environment that provided basic needs. His volunteer efforts at Roosevelt led him to realize too many students today don’t have those same expectations. Through a grant from PGE, an on-site social service coordinator was hired to provide the support necessary to address students’ non-academic needs, such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, personal clothing needs and abuse. He chaired the oversight group to help define the requirements, connect with other service organizations and evaluate the program’s overall progress.

Dianna Shervey: When you’re as passionate about something as Dianna Shervey is about the trees in Portland, dedicating your free time and energy for preservation is simply part of the job. Using her expertise as an arborist to serve on the Policy, Heritage Tree, Recruitment and Appeals Committees, she has helped lead the Urban Forestry Commission through many significant challenges during the past few years. She has also acted as a volunteer on the advisory panel to the City of Portland Forestry and Parks and Recreation departments since 2006. Shervey has inspired countless volunteers to be involved in stewardship of their urban forest.

Since the Outstanding PGE Volunteer program began 11 years ago, 60 outstanding volunteers have been honored. Community members are invited to nominate individuals for this yearly award at

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