Winchester’s public defender Friday evening won the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber “Greater Good” Award for Citizen of the Year.
Timothy Coyne’s role in a grassroots effort to form the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition in helping combat the drug epidemic was cited by the chamber as one of the reasons he received the award. Another was the effort he led to create the Northwest Regional Adult Drug Treatment Court, the first of its kind in the area. The drug court serves as an alternative to incarceration and provides treatment intended to help people become contributing members of society, the chamber stated in written comments accompanying the announcement of the award winners.
Coyne has been the public defender in Winchester since 2004.
Other award winners were:
Jacqueline Shoemaker, owner of Winchester Weight Loss. She won the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
“Jacqueline is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the community,” the organization wrote in a statement, adding that the business is committed to community service.
Gore’s Meats won the Small Business of the Year award.
“The business philosophy of this company is that by upholding the values of providing a high quality product, ethical business practices, and excellent customer service, it is possible for them to prosper, and in turn to support the economy and needs of the community in which they live,” according to the organization.
American Woodmark won the Large Business of the Year award.
“American Woodmark credits its success to making it a priority to invest in its people and the communities it calls home,” the group stated in the prepared statement.
Update: This story has been updated with Timothy Coyne’s first name.