The award will be presented annually by the president of NAHB to an HBI graduate who has overcome adversity and succeeded in the building industry. NAHB President Bobby Rayburn will be making this year’s presentation during the NAHB Board of Directors meeting on Friday, Jan. 14, at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando.
Success and Courage: Trademarks for Winner of Shirley Wiseman Lach Award for Exceptional Promise
This year’s winner of the Shirley Wiseman Lach Award for Exceptional Promise, Candace Ellisor, 36, is a graduate of HBI’s carpentry program at the Sacramento Job Corps Center. She is a petty officer third class in the U.S. Navy and stationed in San Diego.
While in Job Corps, Ellisor served on the student government, counseled fellow students, founded a video library and worked in a maintenance job at the center after classes. Following graduation, she devoted 10 years to the trade, securing her journey level certification. She returned to the campus many times as a motivational speaker, talking with other young women facing the stereotypical challenges posed by the construction trades.
Ellisor joined the Navy in 2002, has completed three tours of duty in Iraq and is soon to become a mother.
In a letter to the winner, Lach wrote, ”Candace, three years ago you joined the U.S. Navy and put your talents to work at the service of our great nation. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for serving our country. I admire your courage and the choice you made to apply and grow the skills you learned in Job Corps. You have shown exemplary promise and I am proud that you are the recipient of this award.”
The award will be presented to Ellisor by her HBI carpentry instructor Mike Kohlbaker, Sacramento Job Corps Center Director Peter Gregerson and HBI Regional Program Manager Jesse Constancio at a ceremony at the San Diego Job Corps Center.
For more information, email Maria McIntyre at HBI, or call her at 800-795-7955 x8912.