Sister Michelle Balek Receives Governor’s Award


Sister Michelle Balek, OSF, received a 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Terry E. Branstad during a special recognition ceremony held Thursday, June 11 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Sister Michelle was honored with an Individual Volunteer Award by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service for her commitment and service on the Iowa Governor’s Council on National Service.

“Iowa is recognized as a national leader in volunteerism and service because of the steadfast devotion of our volunteers,” stated Governor Terry E. Branstad. “I am pleased to have an opportunity to personally thank this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Award recipients for contributing their priceless time and talent in ways that make an enormous difference in our state.”

“The people selected for these awards have gone well above and beyond what’s expected in their quest to help others,” said Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. “Their hard work and dedication have encouraged other citizens to become more engaged, which makes stronger communities.”