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Sheila MasonThe recipient of the 2017 Vic Hellard Jr. Award, which honors a current LRC worker, is Sheila Mason. Mason is a veteran Legislative Research Commission staff member who has held many key positions since joining the agency as an Analyst on the Program Review and Investigations Staff in 1980. Since then, she has since served as a Committee Staff Administrator and Assistant Director. As the current Legislative Record Compiler, she has worked long hours to ensure that citizens and legislators all have accessible and accurate accounts of General Assembly actions. Mason has also served as Legislative Intern Coordinator since 2002, helping hundreds of interns go into the world as ambassadors for the work of the General Assembly, public service and the Commonwealth. A letter nominating Mason for the Hellard Award describes her as “an unsung wonder of LRC who works tirelessly and calmly behind the scenes to promote LRC and its role in government, to uphold the institution of the legislative branch, to encourage and facilitate public engagement and dialogue, and to enhance the reputation of the agency.”