Distinguished Community Service Awards

The Distinguished Community Service Awards recognize the hard work and commitment of STC’s community leaders. The three awards-Distinguished Chapter Service Award, Distinguished SIG Service Award, and Distinguished Service Award for Students-recognize an individual’s exemplary effort, energy, and dedication to their community and its activities. This is the highest level of recognition that a member can receive for service to their community. The Distinguished Community Service Awards are administered by the Distinguished Community Service Award Committee.

Nomination Process

Consult the guidelines for the complete nomination process.


  • Any STC community member
  • Members with student membership status during the entire period for which the award is given (DSAS only)

With the following exceptions:

Ineligible Members

  • Chapter President
  • Chapter Vice President
  • SIG Managers/Co-managers
  • Members who have already received the DCSA from that chapter
  • Members who have already received the DSSA from that SIG
  • Members who are on the STC Board of Directors


The professional chapter, SIG, or student chapter executive council.

Due date:  October 30th

2022 Honorees (DCSA) Distinguished Chapter Service Award


Nicholas Ducharme: For your abiding service, technical skills, and proactive leadership that strengthened our member engagement and provided valued support to the chapter leadership team.

Michigan Great Lakes

Peggy Frizzo: For outstanding leadership in multiple roles in the regional chapters before, during, and after the merge into the Michigan Great Lakes chapter – for inspiration, enthusiasm, wisdom, and dedication to the community.

Kelly Smith: For your sustained contributions to the Southeastern Michigan and Michigan Great Lakes chapters through your exceptional service as Membership and Social Media Managers.

North Texas Lone Star

Agnes Mends-Crentsil: For serving the North Texas Lone Star chapter in various leadership and committee positions with acts of service to evolve and grow the chapter through mentoring, membership campaigns, continuous improvement, and general advisory and counsel, we sincerely thank you for your devotion to our chapter.


Richard Poydock: For your sustained contributions as a champion of the Rochester chapter – including your service as treasurer. Your experience, knowledge, and continual support are very much appreciated.

San Francisco Bay 

Rachel Lamb: For extensive contributions to the San Francisco Bay chapter as Program Manager, assisting with our chapter website conversions, helping the chapter pivot to a greater virtual presence, and brightening our meetings with optimism and good cheer.

Silicon Valley

Erin Weidemer: In recognition of your efforts to provide value to the members of the Silicon Valley chapter and of your creativity, dedication, and drive in our chapter's last year.


Joyce Lam: In recognition of your stellar efforts to revitalize the STC Toronto chapter; for outstanding service as President and Vice President; and for your continued contributions to chapter activities.

2022 Honorees (DSSA) Distinguished SIG Service Award

Instructional Design & Learning SIG COP

Marcia Shannon: For your dedicated service to the Instructional Design & Learning community in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles, and for inspiring confidence in new volunteers through supportive outreach and mentoring.

2022 Honorees (DSAS) Distinguished Service Award for Students


John Clement: For your enthusiastic and inspiring engagement of fellow technical communication students, exemplary leadership, willingness to teach colleagues of all ages, and support of technical communication as a valuable and promising career choice.

Instructional Design & Learning SIG COP

Anita Matechuk: For displaying enthusiasm, initiative, and commitment in all your contributions to the Instructional Design & Learning SIG COP as a volunteer and emerging leader.


Tika Thapa: In recognition of your exemplary efforts to single-handedly create a digital database of historical content of the Toronto chapter and of your continuing contributions to other chapter activities.