Dee Dawkins-Haigler, who formerly represented residents in parts of DeKalb and Rockdale counties in the Georgia House of Representatives, is among a group of volunteers around the nation recently honored by President Barack Obama.
Dawkins-Haigler received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours of volunteering in their lifetime. Along with a congratulatory letter from the President, recipients receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin.
Dawkins-Haigler has a long list of accomplishments in the community. She served as chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus for the past four years and championed for several critical issues including Sex and Human Trafficking; education on poverty and health care; opportunities for minority businesses; and domestic violence awareness, to name a few. As a breast cancer survivor, Dawkins-Haigler also has been on the front lines educating the public about breast cancer and resources that are available. She has served as president for Jack and Jill of America, and as a member of the National Council of Negro Women and the 100 Black Women, among other groups. Dawkins-Haigler also has worked internationally on economic development initiatives with Africa.