During the Paul D. Camp Community College commencement exercise on May 11, Carroll Story was honored as the eighth recipient of the J. Paul Councill Jr. Community Service Award. Story accepted the award from PDCCC President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco.
“Over the past two and a half years, Carroll Story has fully demonstrated his role as a community leader,” said Conco. “From the time of the announcement of the International Paper Franklin mill closure, through the mill’s scheduled start up this summer, he has demonstrated the steadfast leadership talents that become apparent during times of crisis.”
A respected community leader, Story became part of a team in October 2009 that responded to the paper mill’s closure. Seeking political support on local, state and federal levels in response to the closure, he became a facilitator and expert on the subject of the Trade Adjustment Act, which provided benefits to hundreds of displaced workers.
Advocating for continuing education for displaced workers nearly 24 hours a day, Story worked with the Virginia Employment Commission, Opportunity Inc. and Virginia’s Community Colleges to help place hundreds of his colleagues in other fields, such as multi-craft, nursing and information technology. He provided knowledge and personal encouragement to his colleagues to help them continue their vocational development.
Currently, he is playing a significant role in hiring, orientation and training for the new employees at the repurposed Franklin mill.
“Always cool in the most trying and difficult situations, Carroll works patiently and tirelessly to find a way to get things done,” said Conco. “Continuously seeking out common ground, he has become a bridge between the cultures of the former paper mill and the new fluff pulp mill. Our community is a better place because of the outstanding service and dedication of Carroll Story.”