Author: Rae Hathaway
The Manitoba Service Excellence Awards were handed out earlier this month, and one of the recipients is from Portage la Prairie. 

Kathy Nichol works in the Justice Department, and is board chair of the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre. She believes this raises the bar for her to do better, but it goes further. She hopes it encourages others to get involved with community service.

Nichol's particularly pleased to be the only award winner from outside Winnipeg. She's confident it will highlight the good things happening outside the Perimeter. 

Nichol adds the award isn't hers alone -- it's shared by those she works with at the Abuse Prevention Centre.