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Citizens Energy Group Announces 2018 Jefferson Awards Recipient

By Laura O'Brien on 3/22/18 3:27 PM

Olivia Hawbaker Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Community Service

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group congratulates Project Manager Olivia Hawbaker on receiving the Jefferson Awards Gold Medal in recognition of her remarkable community service work. The award was presented to Hawbaker today by Citizens’ President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison.

This marks the 11th year Citizens has participated in the Jefferson Awards program, which was established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, a former staff assistant to Senator Robert Kennedy. Named for Thomas Jefferson, the program recognizes outstanding public service and aims to honor unsung heroes in the community.

Hawbaker joined Citizens Energy Group as a Project Engineer in 2013 and was promoted to her current position in 2016. She was nominated for the award by several Capital Programs & Engineering colleagues.

Several organizations in the Indianapolis area have benefited from Hawbaker’s commitment to service, most notably Coburn Place, Common Ground Christian Church and IPS School #43. Internationally, she has participated in a mission trip to Cuba through the United Methodist Church, and she used her engineering background on a trip to Uganda organized by Engineering Ministries, International.

“Citizens is proud to recognize Olivia as our 2018 Jefferson Awards Gold Medal recipient,” said Harrison. “She is certainly deserving of the award, and her willingness to share her time and talents both locally and globally is an inspiration to all of us.”

Hawbaker and other Jefferson Award winners from across the U.S. will be recognized for their exceptional community service work in June at the National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 900,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities for the benefit of customers and the community.

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