Reflecting on years of service as a local political leader, animal shelter volunteer, bookkeeper, teacher and business owner, it would seem as if the room was abundant with the voices of many, but the experiences belong to one dedicated community member, Frances Walker.
“There is so much to do for people,” said Walker who was the first woman elected to the Currituck County Board of Commissioners in 1984.
Originally from Henry County, Va., Walker moved to Currituck County in 1967 when she married Sam Walker, Jr.
Walker was an elementary school teacher for five years and helped manage her husband’s family store for several decades.
After participating in the Women in Leadership Conference in 1978, Walker gave speeches about women’s issues in North Carolina during the 1980s. Appointed to the NC Council for Women by the governor, Walker was a founding member of Albemarle Hopeline and a member and past president of the Moyock Woman’s Club.
While serving as a County Commissioner, Walker said she voted to purchase the Whalehead Club making it a public facility to be conserved in Currituck County, and “voted to keep the Currituck Outer Banks as a controlled and planned development.”
Recognition for her service in the community includes the Order of Long Leaf Pine, the NC Woman’s Club Citizenship State Award, the John Gregory Shuk Exemplary Service Award and she was honored as an outstanding volunteer for two years by the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.
Walker currently works in the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office as a data clerk, manages her gift store, the Peck Basket, and is the financial manager, grant writer and treasurer of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.
“I love animals,” said Walker whose “Tabby 2” cat has made a home in her store.
Working with the animal shelter in Currituck, Walker said she and the shelter’s staff and volunteers “work all the time to try to move animals into homes.”
Walker said the shelter always needs dog food, cat food and litter. Towels, blankets, treats and toys are also items that benefit the animals at the shelter.
Walker stressed the importance of volunteers working with the animals.
“Socializing the animals is very important,” said Walker.
“We are working real hard to get a new animal shelter,” said Walker. “Having a shelter with enough room enables us to save a lot of animals.”
Walker said people can purchase bricks and ceramic tiles with a personalized painting of their animals by an artist for the new animal shelter. Visit http://currituckanimallovers.rescuegroups.org/ or call 252-457-0011 for more information.
Walker continues to dedicate her time to the community.
“There is just so much to do, always has been and always will be.”