Pam Manuel is president of the Pacific Lions Club, secretary of St. Bridget of Kildare Parish and is the first person to call when anyone needs help.

For all of her efforts, she was recognized Dec. 5 as the 2017 Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

When the Chamber awards committee began to review names of those nominated for citizen of the year there were many good candidates, according to Greg Myers, board president.

“A lot of people are working to make Pacific a better place to live and it’s our goal to give them the recognition they deserve,” he said.

Speaking at the Dec. 5 Pacific Chamber/Partnership joint Christmas social, Myers said the Chanber feels it’s important to pay tribute to those who help make the community what it is.

“Pam Manuel is one of those people,” he said. “Her selfless attitude and giving heart got her nominated, but it was the scope of what she accomplishes that swayed the awards committee.”

At no time was this more obvious than following each of the two recent floods when Manuel seemed to be everywhere at once, Myers said.

She organized lunches at the Lions building, which was made available to Service International volunteers in Pacific to help with flood cleanup. She also delivered needed items to flood victims and fielded calls on the needs of individual victims.

“If anyone needs help, she is the first person most call because they know if she can’t help, she’ll find someone who can,” said Myers, as he handed her the award.

Manuel has lived in Pacific for 15 years and worked at St. Bridget’s for 10 years. She also is the Lions Global district membership chair, St. Mary’s mobile food cart board member, American Legion Auxiliary member, Back-to-School Backpack Program chair and Back-to-School Food Drive chair.