Lee Agger Award

The Lee Agger Award was established in 1990 in memory of Lee Agger, whose hard work in establishing JETCC was an inspiration to all who worked with her. Ms. Agger died in 1989 after a prolonged illness. It is said that it was Lee Agger who put JETCC on the map, as she was a very dedicated sincere woman able to motivate many people to volunteer on behalf of environmental training. This Award was created by the JETCC Board to recognize fellow environmental professionals who have shown a similar dedication to JETCC. It is presented annually at the Maine Wastewater Control Association's Convention. Selection criteria is based on meritorious support and service to environmental training in the State of Maine by an individual(s) or facility / organization. Nominations are made by the JETCC staff and board members or can be solicited from the outside.

Lee Agger Award Recipient 2016

On Thursday, September 15th, Jack Berry of Ted Berry Company, was presented with the 2016 Lee Agger Award from the Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). The award was presented during the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) Fall Convention at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

In Jack’s nomination letter, Matt Timberlake, President of Ted Berry Company, comments “one of the critical needs of the wastewater industry is to have access to timely, reliable, and effective operator training. JETCC is a trusted resource for operator training and relies on people inside the industry to volunteer their time, energy, and experience and without those willing to train the industry would suffer.  Few people in my professional career are as passionate about operator training as Jack Berry”.

Jack served in the US Army in the 1970's. He worked in the family business Berry Hill Orchard Company and Ted Berry Company. He also became a public safety professional serving a long career at the Auburn Fire Department, later rejoining the Ted Berry Company and the water and wastewater industry. In 2016, Jack Berry was promoted to the Director of Training for the Ted Berry Company.

Jack is a "hands on" trainer who brings a real world experience and practical training that operators can use in their everyday work lives. Without the dedication and experience of volunteer presenters like Jack Berry, JETCC would not be able to provide the quality level of training we do. Jack is exactly what the industry needs!

Lee Agger Award Previous Winners