Terri Cole, President and CEO for the Chamber last week joined the prestigious ranks of winners recognized for their work in ensuring the public's "right to know" when it comes to government information. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) presented its annual William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards during a luncheon ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel on October 5.
The Dixon Awards, given in honor of the late William S. Dixon, recognize individuals who advance the cause of open government in New Mexico in business, law, journalism, government, citizen advocacy and education. These dedicated people represent open government in action and sacrifice many hours of their time doing crucial legislative, legal, educational and investigative work, and their hard work ensures that the rest of us enjoy a robust and usable right to know if and when we choose to exercise it.
"Transparency and openness in government should matter to all of us," said Cole during her acceptance remarks. "An open and responsible government is attractive to businesses looking for a place to expand or relocate."
Chamber board member Norm Becker, Cole's long-time friend, business associate, and a former Dixon award winner, presented Cole with the award. "If you know Terri, you know that she doesn't engage in any activity or any cause half-heartedly," he said in his presentation remarks. "She has given countless hours over the years, her dedication has made FOG a better, stronger organization, equipped to carry out its mission." Cole served more than 10 years on FOG's board of directors. The Chamber's office currently houses FOG's operations.
Congratulations to all of the other Dixon award winners in the areas of journalism, education and citizen advocacy--Steve Terrell, Dr. Annette Marie Rodriguez and Norm Gaume.