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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Volunteer Services Program

2009 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Cheryl Miller, "Pathfinder" Award - Victim Services Division

2009 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Cheryl Miller has a heartfelt and genuine compassion for helping others in crisis. She has been a volunteer mediator for TDCJ Victim Services Division for nine years, conducting numerous face-to-face mediations between offenders and their victims and devoting many hours traveling throughout Texas preparing victims and offenders for their dialogues.

Because of her efforts, victims have been able to gain personal insight, empowerment and creative structure for their grieving and healing. Because of her unique ability to gain the offenders' trust and to impart empathy into the minds and hearts of the offenders, they have a better understanding of the impact and devastation of their crimes. Cheryl willingly gives of her time and resources to assist victims of crime, and she performs her duties with determination and a selfless commitment to the TDCJ Victim Services Division. She has proven repeatedly to be a valuable volunteer mediator, and has therefore been selected to receive the Victim Services Pathfinder Award.

The "Pathfinder" Award is given to an individual or group that has demonstrated leadership qualities in their volunteer service and made significant contributions to the welfare of victims.