Cambridge Mayor honored with WDS Helping People Award

MD-Mayor honored with WDS award

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley is given the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award by Comptroller Peter Franchot. From left, Delegate Johnny Mautz, Senator Addie Eckardt, Mayor Jackson-Stanley, Delegate Sheree Sample Hughes, and Delegate Chris Adams while her family looks on.

CAMBRIDGE — Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley was honored in the City Council Chambers on Monday afternoon as a 2015 recipient of the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Mayor Jackson Stanley was joined in Chambers by members of her Council, representatives from the Dorchester County Council, Senator Addie Eckardt, Delegates Sheree Sample-Hughes, Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz, her family members and well-wishers from the community.

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot created the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award in 2012 to honor the legacy of William Donald Schaefer, former Maryland Governor, Comptroller, and Baltimore city mayor. The honorees of the award are selected “based on their demonstration to improve the community, to promptly respond to a citizen problem through effective government intervention, to directly aid those most vulnerable in society; or to establish a public/private partnership to improve the lives of fellow Marylanders,” according to Comptroller Franchot.

“William Donald Schaefer has on his gravestone, not Mayor, Governor, Comptroller; he only has two words: He Cared. That was his whole shtick. He used to say that all those big things you read about in the papers, they’re going to take care of themselves. What he cared about is helping people. If a panhandler came up to him on the street and asked for a dollar, he’d take his wallet out and give him five dollars.”

In presenting the award, Comptroller Franchot said, “Mayor, thank you for the leadership you’ve given, and your principles; the state is very, very thirsty for your kind of leadership.”

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart, but my heart has no bottom. My baby brother would tell you that I’m not the quiet humble type, but I’m very humbled by all this,” Mayor Jackson-Stanley said.

“I don’t do this for this kind of attention, I do what I do because I love my community — I love Cambridge, Dorchester, Maryland. I do it because I’ve always had a passion to give back, and all the work that I do is to make sure I bring a good image back to Cambridge. Not for fame and glory, none of that stuff. It makes me feel really good that I can give back to the community.

“I like to say that I’m a small town girl who likes to think big,” the Mayor continued. “I do my very best, and hopefully something will work. Not all the time, true, but Cambridge is doing well.”

The Mayor was also presented citations by Senator Addie Eckardt, and by the team of Delegates in attendance.

‘Mayor Vickie’ was joined by her husband, Jerome Stanley, her mother Betty Jackson, brother Jerome Jackson and his wife Shawn, daughter Ericca and her fiancé Albert, and grandson Jackson.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley was born and raised in Cambridge, and is the city’s first African-American and first female elected as mayor. She is a graduate of Cambridge High School, and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Salisbury State College, and a Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University School of Social Work. She works full time as the Assistant Director for Organizational Development and Training for the Dorchester County Department of Social Services. She has spent her career working in Social Services on the Eastern Shore. Mayor Jackson-Stanley is a member of Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, where she serves as a Sunday School Superintendent, VP of the Gospel Choir and Communion Steward.

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at pclipper@newszap.com.

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