WestStar is pleased to present Harriet Cannon as this month’s Spotlight on a Leader. Harriet is a Class of 2000 WestStar graduate and has been involved with the program ever since. She has been instrumental in gaining USDA Rural Development’s support throughout the years and helps with the Covington session. WestStar staff even had the pleasure of meeting her daughter, Caroline, as a participant of the RisingStar Leadership Summit.
Harriet started her career with Farmers Home Administration in 1983 as Assistant County Supervisor in Covington, TN. In October of 1985, she was promoted to County Supervisor in Ripley. As a result of reorganization and the renaming of the agency to Rural Development in 1995, she was reassigned to the Covington office as the multi-family housing specialist and assumed Rural Business Service duties in 2002. In May 2004, Cannon was promoted to area director over the Covington and Jackson Area offices and then reassigned to Union City as the area director in January 2010.
Harriet is a Class of 2009-2010 graduate of the Delta Leadership Institute. She also attended and graduated from the Tennessee Valley Rural Leadership Institute Class of 2013.
Harriet is involved in numerous community activities. She has been a two time Advisory Board President for the Tipton County Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse which she has been involved with for ten years. She is a member of the Covington Exchange Club and, for the past seven years, has been the chairman of the dinner and auction. Throughout her years of service, Harriet has served on all the Carl Perkins Center’s committees as well as chairperson of the fundraising committee. In 2009-2010, she was the chairperson for building renovations which she led in raising over $100,000 in donations for the project. She has also participated in the Circles of Hope Telethon for the past ten years. Harriet is also a spokesperson advocating for victims to receive compensation through city and county legislation since 2009.
Please help us congratulate Harriet Cannon on being chosen as this edition’s Spotlight on a Leader. She is truly a citizen that is working to “Shape the Future of West Tennessee”. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Brenda Horner for her contributions to this month’s Spotlight on a Leader.