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photo of Tanya Burnside receiving the Martin Luther King Jr. awardCongratulations to Tanya Burnside, a work release officer for the Douglas County Department of Corrections, who received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award on Jan. 12, 2018 for her support of diversity, inclusivity and equality.

Burnside, who has worked for DCDC since 2006, is known for her compassion, inspiration, and vision.

“It’s more than a job for her,” said Mark Foxall, director of Corrections. “She cares about her community and is sincere and passionate about the people she is helping."

Burnside was nominated by Kenneth Matthews, who also works for Corrections. In his nomination letter, Matthews wrote: “Tanya works diligently to promote a diverse work environment. Her vision includes everyone having the opportunity to achieve their personal goals and maximize their contribution to any organization. Tanya has built several projects including the No Bars project, which helps at-risk youth avoid incarceration and limits their exposure to violence. She also works side-by-side with various community partners who invest in improving the lives of our most disadvantaged youth and seniors. One of Tanya’s main goals for the future is reducing the disproportionate number of minorities entering the judicial system.”

(Pictured above from left: Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers, Tanya Burnside, and Douglas County Department of Corrections Director Mark Foxall.)