Annette Privette-Keller, communications director and assistant to the manager for the Town of Matthews, recently received the top North Carolina City & County Communicators, or NC3C, award.
The award is the Chris Coulson Memorial Award and it is presented to one individual who demonstrates a passion for making a difference in the profession and in the lives of citizens and whose character, career and service represent the highest standards and who excels in the practice of local government communications and/or has accomplished an outstanding one-time achievement, according to a news release from the town. It is also presented to a person for displaying the leadership and values that Coulson practiced during her 10 years of service to Henderson County government. Coulson was instrumental in forming NC3C and lost her battle with cancer in 2008.
Privette-Keller is one of the founders of NC3C, and served as the NC3C president for the organization’s first two years, 2007 to 2009. She continues to be instrumental in the organization and work on projects and programs that will benefit government communicators across the state, most recently keeping communicators up to date with N.C. legislative issues, according to the release. She received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She actively serves on a number of boards and committees for various nonprofits.
The Town of Matthews also earned two first place awards under Privette-Keller’s leadership in the 2012 ‘Excellence in Communications’ annual award ceremony. Awards were given in the communication technology category for the creation of the MyMatthews App and in the service delivery category for the biweekly recycling campaign.