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Girl Scouts honors Cambria-area women in leadership


Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania’s Community Awards of Distinction was held virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and featured the presentation of the Joyce M. Murtha Excellence in Community Service Award, the Leader of Distinction Award, and the Silver Award Girl Scout of Distinction Award.

The 2021 recipient of the Joyce M. Murtha Excellence in Community Service Award is Amy Bradley, president/CEO at the Cambria Regional Chamber. Bradley, a Girl Scout alum, receives the award in recognition of her leadership in this role. Under her direction, the chamber has enhanced its programming and events, as well as welcomed a record number of new chamber members.

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania awards Melissa Komar with the Leader of Distinction Award in recognition of her contributions to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority as the executive director, including her leadership to make a true difference in the Johnstown region through positive action and innovation in the area.

Savannah Ross, a junior at Brockway Junior/Senior High School, receives the honor of Silver Award Girl Scout of Distinction, an award presented to one Silver Award Girl Scout whose project was exceptional in terms of its measurable benefit, sustainable support, and national or global link. Ross’s Silver Award was inspired by her passion for making and giving homemade cards and the desire to create connections across generations. Through a coordinated effort, students attending local elementary schools provide special occasion, handmade greeting cards to the residents living at senior care facilities in Savannah’s community. As part of this honor, Savannah's Girl Scout troop will also receive a monetary award to support future Girl Scout activities.

Girl Scouts has been hosting the Community Awards of Distinction in the Johnstown region for more than 40 years. The event builds critical support to keep the Girl Scouting tradition strong in western Pennsylvania, especially to engage new Girl Scouts who may not otherwise have access to leadership programming. As the Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place, these awards allow the organization to recognize local role models who live this mission and improve their communities. Proceeds from the event support the Girl Scout mission.

This event is presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. PNC Bank is a diamond-level sponsor, and the event’s platinum sponsors are Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Peoples. The virtual program is free to view, but donations are welcome. Visit for more information.