Long time Edmond resident, Gary Wallace received recognition as Champion of Character for Loyalty. Character Council President Jim Hulsey presented Wallace with the certificate, with friends and family present.
In her nomination, friend Stephanie Carel said, “Gary is always dependable and is there for his family, friends, co-workers and fellow volunteers no matter what. I have never met anyone so loyal and dedicated.”
Wallace and his wife, Judy, have been married for 49 ½ years and raised two sons, Travis, an accountant and Adam, a pain management doctor. They moved to Edmond on New Year’s Day in 1984.
Wallace’s father died when he was in the sixth grade. His two grandfathers and an uncle became his role models. Wallace said there was a principle that he grew up with: “Your word is your bond.” He recalls thinking about certain situations he was in and having an idea about how he should handle them. When he talked it over with his grandfathers, they had a different perspective. Wallace said, “They would say, ‘This is the way you do it, because it’s the right way.’”
Carel met Wallace through the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust. Wallace has been a member for almost a decade. Carel said, “Gary has proven to be an amazing asset to the preservation of our 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse as well as our group. This guy goes above and beyond by jumping in during emergency and maintenance situations at the schoolhouse.”
He shows the same dedication to the EHPT. Carel said, “He is our treasurer and always makes sure that we are being smart with our money and providing the best possible options for our community. He is always willing to go the extra mile and help the members of the group with fundraisers, collection of history and strategic planning for our future.” Wallace volunteers with different organizations such as the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum and the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.
He’s also been involved helping with the Boy Scouts and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations. He wants to be a good example to the boys and girls he works with. He believes that you can’t emphasize loyalty enough and sought to be an example to them. Wallace said, “Loyalty is doing what you say you’re going to do and fulfilling it even when it’s not popular.”
His motivation for loyalty comes from within himself. Wallace said, “You have to be satisfied with who you are. Even though you might not profit. It’s the right thing to do, so that’s what you do”
On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Gary Wallace was honored as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of loyalty, “Demonstrating commitment to others.”
Pictured: Gary Wallace
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Champions of Character
PO Box 392
Edmond, OK 73083-0392.
Champions of Character Honorees
2010 to Present