Phyllis Peters, board member and treasurer of Greater Peace Community Development Corporation and retired director of guidance for Opelika High School, was presented the Alabama Community Leadership Network's Leadership Award for Community Service Oct. 8, during its state conference in Auburn. She was nominated by River James.
After significant teaching, counseling and professional experience, Peters was nominated for her eagerness to remain engaged as a civic leader after retiring from a distinguished career as a director of guidance. Her exceptional willingness as volunteer service member for decades has made Peters a community favorite. She actively holds memberships with more than eight community organizations, including the Lee County Counselors Association, Greater Peace Community Development, Coordinator of Youth Leadership Academy, Alabama Education Retirees Association, Auburn Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Museum of East Alabama Board, Beatrice Chapter #89 OES, WM, and Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church.
Peters is devoted and dedicated to the love, care and education of her family along with her community. She is willing to drive the distance to ensure that the next generation is as committed to serve, and has been instrumental in assisting grandchildren, great nieces, nephews and others to attend enrichment activities available in the community.
Currently serving as the director of the nationally recognized Greater Peace Community Development Corporation Youth Leadership Academy, Peters has made a difference in the lives of more than 120 youth participants, not to mention countless other students counseled during her tenure as a high school guidance counselor.
"There are not enough words to express our appreciation as a community for such a gallant effort. We hope this committee knows there is not a more deserving person than this boots-on-the-ground, who is determined to live her life in the service of others," said Rivers.
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