Director receives Long Leaf Pine honor

Published 7:48 pm Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mid-East Commission’s Director of Aging Programs Cynthia Davis was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Bev Perdue this fall in recognition for her outstanding service to the commission and the community. (Contributed Photo/Mid-East Commission)

Cynthia Davis, Director of Aging Programs at the Mid-East Commission, was presented with the prestigious honor of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine at the Southeastern Association of Area Agency on Aging conference in Asheville on Sept. 11, 2012. Davis was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Dennis Streets, North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services director, on behalf of Gov. Bev Perdue. The Mid-East Commission Board of Directors recognized Davis for her accomplishments during the September board meeting.
Davis has provided 27 years of service to the Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging, and has served as its director for the past seven years. She is a strong voice for seniors as she advocates for a better quality of life for the aging population. In this role, she serves on numerous committees and boards, such as president of the NCAOA board and on the Beaufort County Community College Board of Trustees.
Davis was instrumental in developing Twin Gables in Ahoskie and The Veranda in Farmville, both offering group residence for elderly, disabled or handicapped individuals.
The award was created in 1965 and is named for the Longleaf Pine, the official state tree. It is believed the Order has been awarded to over 15,000 recipients who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, bestowed by the governor, is one of the highest honors given by the state of North Carolina. The award recognizes contributions to recipients’ communities, extra effort in their careers and many years of service to their organizations.
The recipient receives a certificate and the privilege of proposing, at any time, the North Carolina Toast.