The 2023 Keystone Award was presented to Annette Lovitt, presented by her supervisor, Chuck Allen.
The Regional Network Keystone Award is a distinguished recognition that honors individuals or organizations that have played a pivotal role in supporting and advancing career-connected opportunities and experiences for young adults in North Central Washington. The term “keystone” refers to the central, vital component that holds everything together and ensures stability and strength. Similarly, a Keystone Award acknowledges the significant contributions and efforts of its recipients in shaping and fortifying the foundation of their respective fields.
Recipients of a Keystone Award are recognized for the way that they serve in ways that are often unseen, but their contributions and efforts have had profound impacts on the lives of young people. The Keystone Award serves as a symbol of appreciation and acknowledgment for those who have become the cornerstone of progress and success in their area of expertise.
Lovitt, the Community Engagement Public Affairs Officer for the Grant County Public Utility District, demonstrates exceptional dedication to serving the community. With a career spanning 26 years at the Grant County Public Utility District, Annette began as a Student Helper and steadily progressed through Senior Accountant and Customer Service roles.
“Throughout her journey, Annette has consistently demonstrated a servant leadership approach and a strong commitment to personal growth and skill development,” explained her supervisor, Chuck Allen. “Her passion for working with the public and her unwavering dedication to her role have made her an invaluable asset to the organization.”
In addition to her position at the Grant PUD, Annette is also the President of the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Ephrata Rotary.
Lovitt’s commitment to making a positive impact extends far beyond her professional responsibilities. Last fall, when she was approached to recruit volunteers for the inaugural Eastern Washington Computer Science Fair, she went above and beyond expectations, said Dr. Sue Kane, the Director of STEM Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships at North Central ESD.
Dr. Kane added, “Not only did she recruit exceptional volunteers to support the event, she also took on the formidable task of transporting the technologically advanced Illuminator van, a Grant County PUD asset, from Ephrata to Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center.”
Before the sun had even come up, Lovitt landed on-site maneuvering the rig through tight curves inside the building and ensuring it was in place by 7 AM. She handled the logistics and the event was a huge success, thanks to her resourcefulness and dedication.
During the event, Lovitt and a group of Grant County PUD volunteers captured a noteworthy moment. They noticed a student who repeatedly returned to the Grant PUD booth, and through engaging conversations, discovered the student’s dreams and aspirations of pursuing a career in coding.
The student expressed his desire to learn but lamented the lack of a computer at home. Lovitt’s compassionate nature led her to take immediate action. She connected the student with the NCW Tech Alliance, a program that provides refurbished laptops to students and families in need. Thanks to her quick thinking and initiative, the student received a laptop that would enable him to pursue his career interests.
This heartwarming instance exemplifies Annette’s thoughtful and compassionate approach to leadership.
Throughout the year, Lovitt has continued her serve the community through her support for Career Connected Learning initiatives. She played a vital role in recruiting guest speakers for events, volunteers for Hour of Code events and, most recently, the Tech and Tiara events across the region. Her commitment, dependability, and genuine care for others set her apart as an exceptional leader and community champion.
“Annette’s inspiring charisma, selflessness, and unwavering commitment to community engagement make her a deserving recipient of the 2023 Keystone Award,” said Tami McBride, Career Connected Learning Specialists at North Central ESD. “Her humility, kindness, and willingness to lend a helping hand truly embody the spirit of this prestigious honor.”