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Charlotte Y exec gets White House honor
Mike DeVaul 1 of 12 'Champions of Change'
Published Thursday, June 6, 2013 1:06 pm
by Herbert L. White

President Barack Obama will honor a Charlotte YMCA executive Mike DeVaul as a champion of change.

Mike DeVaul

DeVaul, senior vice president of organizational advancement at YMCA of Greater Charlotte, is one of 12 YMCA “Champions of Change” to be recognized at a June 7 White House ceremony. The ceremony will focus on the efforts of YMCA leaders and Y Partners to transform and inspire communities by addressing issues from education and child hunger to reducing obesity.

DeVaul, who has worked at the YMCA for 28 years, will be recognized for community building and diversity work in Charlotte. He has also led local support for the Charlotte Y’s global partners in Senegal, Gambia and Jerusalem as well as the Global Center of Excellence initiative to encourage greater participation at the Y.

To watch live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 12:45 p.m.  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.


Congratulations, Mike! Sue and Garrett Briggs are proud to know you and that great staff at the Y. You have meant so much to the Thompson Family and we appreciate the support you have given each of them.
Posted on June 8, 2013
Mike - You are a genuine equity leader. I am constantly amazed by you.
Posted on June 7, 2013
Sorry I missed seeing it. Congrats Michael and Thank you!
Posted on June 7, 2013
Yay, Mike! You are amazing!
Posted on June 7, 2013
Proud of you Mr. DeVaul. An amazing soul!
Posted on June 7, 2013

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