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NALS 2018 Volunteer of the Year Announced

Thursday, July 5, 2018   (2 Comments)
Posted by: NALS 2018-2019 Board of Directors
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Paula SteffeyThis year NALS held its second year of NALS Leadership Appreciation Day. This day is, not only our association anniversary but is also reserved to recognize all current leadership and volunteers that make NALS function to its highest quality.

Volunteers are at the heart of NALS' work and success!

Because of the contributions of volunteers’ time, talent, and expertise, NALS can provide the essential education and tools, a vibrant online community, and exceptional experiences and relationships that we all value so highly. 

Each year over 150 volunteers step into various roles on the national,  state, and local chapter platforms to fulfill and continue the mission of NALS. This year, NALS celebrated with the theme of '#TeamNALS' 
In addition to having this event annually, NALS Board of Directors along with NALS Resource Center have chosen a 'Volunteer of the Year.' From our national pool of volunteers and leadership, one person that exemplifies the exact definition of character, dependability, and leadership will be chosen and honored with this award.

For 2018, that person is Paula Steffey, PP, CLP-SC, CWCP from Michigan.

Maria Easterly, NALS Certification, and Education work closely with Paula on various education and certification task forces and products. Here is what Maria has to say regarding Paula's dedication:


Yesterday, a man called my office inquiring about our business model and products; skilled in the areas of marketing and online presence. He offered to assist my department in making our products more appealing to our members.


After a small pause, I told the rather eager salesman, “...though we sell educational products and certification exams, NALS’ true commodity is its members. How do you propose to sell a membership to a member or a member to another member?” Rather perplexed, the salesman, after an even longer pause and a series of “hums,” said, “Uhm…. I have not heard that one before.”


However contrived my statement to the salesman may have sounded, it is the absolute truth; a truth that I believe in earnestly and whole-heartedly. My attachment to this truth grows more and more each day as I bear witness to the endless acts of kindness, devotion, and passion displayed by our membership across the globe.


Though I view all our members as shining examples of professionalism and dedication, none burn as brightly, in my eyes, as Mrs. Paula Steffey, PP-SC [“Squared”], CLP, CWCP. For some people, volunteering is a simple act of kindness, but for Paula, it is a way of living.


Whether you are dedicating your time to NALS of Michigan or the multiple national tasks forces you joined voluntarily, you continuously embody the spirit of NALS—EVERYDAY you engage, inspire, enhance and promote the true meaning of legal support professional and what it means to be a member of our organization. 


Words cannot express the level of respect and admiration I have for you as a person and all that you represent. To quote an anonymous writer, “…good people are like candles, they burn themselves up to give others light.” Thank you for burning so brightly, Paula. And thank you, a million times over, for being a shining beacon for our organization. 


Paula was presented her award, in-person, by Tara Hughes, PP-SC, ACP, RP, NALS Board of Directors President and Kathy Sieckman, PP, PLS-SC, ACP with the assistance of Heidi Hopper, PP, PLS at the NALS of Michigan 57th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Bellaire, Michigan. View embedded video below for the full presentation. 



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Jennifer Yocum (Joy) says...
Posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018
How fabulous! I am a newbie who has greatly enjoyed my interaction with Paula. Congratulations!
Laleise D. Curtiss says...
Posted Thursday, July 5, 2018

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