BURKE –– At the recent Burke Fall Festival, a special announcement surprised one unsuspecting resident. Tammy Darrell Wagner, an exemplary figure in the Burke community, was named the 2023 Burke Citizen of the Year. The award was presented by the Burke Chamber President, John Kascenska.
Each year, this honor is reserved for someone who, rather than seeking the spotlight, has been working diligently behind the scenes. The recipient is an individual who selflessly gives back to the community without awaiting praise or recognition. And by all accounts, Tammy perfectly embodies these qualities.
For years, Tammy has dedicated her time and expertise as a member of the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. But her involvement doesn’t stop there. Every year, she can be found volunteering at the Burke Fall Festival. Recently, she has taken on the responsibility of managing the festival’s information booth, ensuring attendees have the information they need to make the most of the event.
Beyond the festival, Tammy has been on the front lines, pioneering initiatives for community improvement. She was among the first to join forces with One Burke, a group dedicated to infrastructure enhancement and the revitalization of West Burke Village. Her serene leadership style combined with her insightful approach to community challenges has been instrumental in the success and progress of these projects.
In addition to her contributions to the Chamber of Commerce and One Burke, Tammy’s altruism shines in other areas of the community as well.
She is an active volunteer with the Eastern Star Group and the West Burke Methodist Church, along with several other local organizations.