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Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Clements Honors Recipients at Annual American Foreign Service Association Awards

On June 27th, Jon Clements, Chairman and CEO of Clements Worldwide, presented the 2013 M. Juanita Guess Award during the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) awards ceremony at the State Department. Established in memory of Clements’ co-founder and longtime supporter of the Foreign Service community, the annual award recognizes a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) who has demonstrated outstanding dedication, energy, and imagination in assisting the families of Americans serving at an overseas post.

Selected from a impressive list of nominees, this year’s honor was conferred on two recipients:
  •  Elizabeth Jenkins of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, and
  •  Jessica McVay of the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan

Elizabeth Jenkins and Jon Clements
Starting with the re-establishment of the Community Liaison Office, Jenkins overcame hardships by focusing on optimizing available resources and by championing volunteer initiatives. In Caracas’ hostile environment that notoriously suffers from high inflation rates and food shortages, Jenkins developed programs that helped the community manage security, find food, and educate their children.                                                                              

Jessica McVay and Jon Clements
In Sudan, fellow award recipient McVay served as an indispensable resource for a divided community throughout a 6-month “ordered departure” by volunteering as a communications liaison between embassy employees remaining in Khartoum and those evacuated to Washington DC. McVay’s dedication kept the Embassy Khartoum community spirit alive during this harrowing evacuation.

Committed to serving the needs of the Foreign Service community for over 65 years, Clements Worldwide commends Jenkins and McVay for their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to improving the communities of Caracas and Khartoum. Congratulations to the award winners!