CSUB’s Kegley Institute of Ethics Announces 2016 Recipients of Wendy Wayne Awards

California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) and its Kegley Institute of Ethics are proud to announce that Ms. Carly Riddle and Ms. Karen Goh have been selected as the recipients of the 2016 Wendy Wayne Awards for Exemplary Ethical Behavior.  The Award recognizes one youth and one adult from the community whose ethical character and behavior have had a profound impact on the lives of individuals from Bakersfield and Kern County.  Both recipients will be honored at the Wendy Wayne Awards Ceremony taking place on March 2 at 5:45 p.m., at the Seven Oaks Country Club.  The Awards are co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and San Joaquin Community Hospital.

“The selection committee was faced with a daunting task this year, having to choose among a number of extraordinary nominees, all of whom easily met the award criteria. Ms. Goh and Ms. Riddle rose to the top for their character, their courage and their commitment to help others,” said Dr. Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics. “I couldn’t be happier at the choices and at how these awardees carry on Wendy’s work on behalf of our community’s most vulnerable members.”

Karen Goh is an active community leader whose work as President and CEO of Garden Pathways, Inc. connects children, youth, and adults with mentors who support their efforts to build productive lives.  By advancing the organization’s mission, she takes a central role in transitioning at-risk families toward educational attainment and advancement, employment, family stability, self-sufficiency, and an improved quality of life.  Through her past and current advocacy and public service efforts, she has raised greater awareness for long-term prevention and intervention services that can alleviate the hardships of children and families.

“Karen Goh embodies the character and ethically exemplary behavior of Wendy Wayne.  Highly admired by a broad, cross-cultural and socio-economic spectrum of our community as a role model of professionalism, leadership, and integrity, Karen steadfastly holds the well-being of others as paramount.  Karen infuses humility, honesty, diligence, and loyalty in all aspects of her life as a servant-leader,” stated Beckie Diltz, President and Owner of Proforma Solutions for Printing and Promotional.

Carly Riddle, a senior at North High School, has demonstrated a level of courage, determination, and commitment to others through very challenging circumstances that most adults would find difficult to surmount.  Her ability to overcome these difficulties and still sustain her commitment to the well-being of others has proven to be an inspiration to her peers and teachers. “Few high school students demonstrate the level of courage that Carly has displayed. Carly is an incredible human being. She will no doubt continue to make a positive difference in the world around her,” said Natalie Ryan, Riddle’s teacher at North High School. 

Wendy Wayne was a key member of the organizing group that founded the awards in 2011 and it was renamed in her honor upon her death in 2012. They are now dedicated to sustaining  her legacy and commitment to service and exemplary ethical behavior by recognizing individuals whose behavior embodies these values.  Each year, nominations are accepted by the Institute in a youth category and in an adult category recognizing a lifetime commitment to ethical behavior. 

The Wendy Wayne Award Ceremony is by invitation only. Please contact Dr. Christopher Meyers at cmeyers@csub.edu or by phone at 661-654-6263 for further information.

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