One the most important parts of Peace Corps Connect is to honor some of the great leaders of the Peace Corps community. Throughout the five days of activities, a variety of awards will recognize affiliate groups, global humanitarians, authors, international leaders and more.
This year there will be a new award to recognize the support and achievements of an individual and/or affiliate group being honored for outstanding work to advance NPCA’s impactful advocacy program.
The winner of our Advocate of the Year Award is Richard MacIntyre (South Korea 1967-69). Richard, who will be joining NPCA for Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, has been a regular presence at such events, advocating for the Peace Corps and mentoring new participants. In the early years of NPCA’s annual National Day of Action (which will mark its 13th year next March), Richard also spent dozens of hours volunteering to help prepare and improve our program.
With Peace Corps connections in a number of states, Richard has been energetic across the past decade in promoting and building our advocacy presence. This includes outreach to friends and contacts in central Pennsylvania and Delaware, and – most notably – Maine. One of NPCA’s early advocacy coordinators (representing Maine), Richard not only helped strengthen advocacy activity in that state, he also was involved in efforts to recently revitalize the Maine RPCVs affiliate group.
From engaging with other global coalitions in support of strong international affairs funding, to coordinating the placement of a traveling Friends of Korea photo exhibit in the Russell Senate Office Building in 2013, Richard has displayed versatility and passion in supporting advocacy efforts to strengthen and ensure the future of the Peace Corps.
NPCA’s Advocate of the Year Award will be presented to Richard during the September 22 Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.