Eastvale City Manager Receives Prestigious Award

Eastvale City Manager Michele Nissen

Eastvale City Manager Michele Nissen

By Marissa Mitchell

Eastvale – Michele Nissen, Eastvale City Manager, received the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens Award for the ‘Temescal District’ Inland Empire last month. The other two recipients included Kathy Azevedo, former Mayor of Norco, and Jim Pauley, member of the Corona Rotary Club.

The Distinguished Citizens Award is given to those who have been exemplary models of service for community youth; this individual is one who has demonstrated leadership in business, or government, and who “lives by the Scout Oath and Law.” As there are many individuals who contribute time and effort to the Boy Scouts and/or local government and business, the award is not easily come by in any district.

Ms. Nissen was informed of her selection prior to the Temescal Boy Scouts dinner. A picture of her and her fellow award winners could be seen at the dinner itself, as they posed happily together with their respective trophies for the Distinguished Citizen Award on September 27, 2017.

“I didn’t do anything that was specifically about supporting Boy Scouts operations, projects or fundraising,” stated Nissen humbly. “What they are achieving…they are doing all on their own with hard work and support of the Eastvale Community as a whole.” Still, as City Manager, Nissen obviously has something to do with how the Boy Scouts have flourished in and around the Eastvale area.

Nissen continued, “As for the Distinguished Citizen Award, I was very surprised and I wasn’t sure I had done anything above and beyond to warrant such recognition. Needless to say, I was very proud and honored to be recognized.” The City Manager has lived in Eastvale since October 2001 and has since then focused on service for the community. She was appointed to City Manager of Eastvale in May of 2015.

Nissen’s contributions obviously impressed Boy Scout leadership. The Boy Scouts have 2,157 youth members, with over 500 adult volunteers delivering the program, in the Norco, Corona, Eastvale, Chino, and Chino Hills communities. Collectively, over 10,000 hours of community service projects that positively impact the communities in a variety of ways have been gathered just this year.

Each year, approximately 85 Scouts earn the coveted “Eagle Rank.” This is a difficult rank to obtain involving many hours dedicated toward a single, community-impacting project. Currently, more than 45 Chartered Partners, including local churches, service clubs, and community organizations, deliver local packs, troops, teams, and crews.

The Boy Scouts is an organization that lives and abides by actions of integrity. By their high standards, Michele Nissen fulfilled the “Scout Oath” they proudly uphold: “On my honor I will do my best/ To my duty to God and my country/ And to obey the Scout Law;/ To help other people at all times;/ To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”