HCW Consultant And Council Board Member Helps Lead Statewide Food Drive

RALEIGH, N.C., December 5, 2014 – The North Carolina SHRM State Council won the Pinnacle Award, given by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to its state councils and chapters for highly notable contributions to the HR profession.

Created in 1991, the Pinnacle Award is the highest achievement SHRM state councils and chapters can attain, and it honors programs that exceed the standard activities of SHRM affiliates in enhancing the creation of effective HR management. The North Carolina Council was one of 3 state councils from across the country to win the award. There were 12 winners total, including councils and chapters.

HCW consultant Joanne Forbes and Allscripts Sr.HR Business Partner Asila Calhoun, the NC SHRM State Council Community Relations co-chairs, orchestrated a statewide food drive that led to the North Carolina Council winning this prestigious award. 89 percent of state chapters vied to donate the most pounds of food per active chapter member, collecting nearly 15,000 pounds of food and almost $5,000 in cash donations.

The chapters that participated in the food drive are as follows: Catawba Valley SHRM, Central Carolina SHRM (Sanford), HRA Of Greater High Point, Alamance County HR Association, Fayetteville Area SHRM, Gaston County HRA, Lower Cape Fear HR Association (Wilmington), Iredell County HRM, Cabarrus Regional SHRM, Winston Salem SHRM, Union County HR Association, Charlotte Area SHRM, HRMA of Greensboro, Triangle SHRM, Raleigh-Wake HRMA and NC Coastal SHRM (Greenville).

Contact your local chapter for information on how to participate in next year’s food drive: http://nc.shrm.org/affiliated-chapters.

“Winners of this award are SHRM affiliates that have shown leadership in the HR profession through innovative and forward-thinking programs,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Their efforts are a testament to our members and their commitment to aligning people and business strategies.”

"We're so excited to have won a Pinnacle Award from SHRM!” said Asila Calhoun, Community Relations Co-Chair NC SHRM. “We weren't sure how participation for the state-wide food drive would turn out, but it was fun for everyone involved and generated good will and healthy competition among all the chapters for a great cause. A big win all the way around.”

“Our focus now is on next year’s drive,” said Joanne Forbes, Community Relations Co-Chair NC SHRM. “All local chapters are expected to participate in the May/June 2015 NC State Food Drive. Businesses are signing up now.”