CHANDLER — Casa Grande City Councilwoman Donna McBride has been honored for her leadership in Pinal County.

Arizona’s Center for Rural Leadership, commonly known as Project CENTRL, distributed select awards during its annual CENTRL Celebration June 8 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler.

The 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award for Civic Impact was given to Casa Grande resident and Pinal County employee McBride, who was a member of CENTRL’s Class 18 from 2005 to 2007.

Over 150 people in attendance represented leaders from around the state who are alumni of the program, graduates of Class 27, the newly selected participants in Class 28 and members of the board of directors.

The Civic Impact Award recognizes someone who has taken the skills and networks they built during CENTRL and worked to improve the common good of the community.

McBride has dedicated her professional and volunteer life to public service. She currently is the mayor pro tem of Casa Grande, serving on the City Council since 2016. What started as a volunteer position in Pinal County Juvenile Court turned into a 15-year second career working with the Court Appointed Special Advocates Unit. She helped create the Casa Grande Youth Commission and has been a part of many things in Casa Grande from the mayor’s reading to drug prevention (Casa Grande Alliance board president) to the Parks and Recreation and Police Advisory boards. As a reflection of her efforts, she was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

In the words of one of her nominators: “She is a caring and generous person who is always going 100 miles per hour and works from sun-up to sundown to help improve the lives of others.”

Project CENTRL is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the development of Arizona’s rural leaders and establishing a network of problem-solvers, decision makers and spokespersons for rural Arizona. Each year it competitively selects 16 participants connected to rural Arizona for a 12-month, tuition-free training program delivered in Arizona’s rural communities, Sonora, Mexico and Washington, D.C. Participants build personal leadership skills, learn about the issues facing the state and connect with experts and other leaders. Over 650 people have graduated from the program including six serving in Arizona’s 54th Legislature. Visit www.centrl.org for more information.

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