Salvation Army Presents Making a Difference Community Service Pin to Mark Palmer

Nov 15, 2022

The Salvation Army's Major Kevin Cedervall presented Columbian Mark Palmer with The Salvation Army's Making a Difference Community Service Award, recognizing his work to make our community a better place. Mark was CEO of Columbia's Woodhaven for over 23 years, providing residential and day services to adults with developmental disabilities. Today, Mark is project coordinator for Voluntary Action Center's Opportunity Campus, a developing shelter for those living unsheltered and provider and home of other poverty services.

To learn a bit more about Mark, we have his answers to our 10 Questions.

  1. How would you describe yourself to a new friend? I would say compassionate, trustworthy, dedicated and supportive.
  2. What is something you would like people to know about you? I am a lifetime St. Louis Cardinals fan.
  3. What is a community issue you especially care about? That everyone should have a quality place to call home and have access to enough food.
  4. What is something fun on your bucket list that you want to make sure you do? See the Northern Lights
  5. What are you good at that might surprise people? Seeing potential problems or issues and solving them before they occur.
  6. What kind of kid were you? I was a Preacher's Kid, which means I was a Brat!!
  7. Who is a personal hero of yours? I think the term hero is overused, I hold people close who work behind the scenes for decades without any fanfare or acknowledgement to make daily differences in people's lives!
  8. What is something you would change about Columbia? More affordable housing
  9. What is a guilty pleasure for you? Really good Macaroni and Cheese or a Hallmark Christmas Movie or both at the same time!
  10. What do you wish you knew how to do? I have no musical talent and would love to be able to sing or play an instrument well.


Want to nominate someone for a Making a Difference Community Service Award? Here is the form:



Here are other award recipients.

Erica Dickson

John Trapp

Tami Benus


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