Supporting Local Women: Cheryl Horvath
We celebrate Women's History Month to remind ourselves of the accomplishments of women throughout the years to our culture and society. From science to politics, it's is a chance to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change.
Cheryl Horvath, Tucson’s third-ever woman fire chief, is a literal and figurative boss.
How did you become involved with Girl Scouts? How are you tied into the Girl Scout movement?
I became involved with the Girl Scouts in 2008/09 as a member of the GS Board of Directors in Tucson. At the same time, I was working with a peer to promote a camp (Camp Fury) for young women designed to encourage girls to consider a career in the fire service. We initiated a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, and twelve years later, we are proud to say that we have conducted the camp annually and grown the program across the country via the Girl Scouts connection.
How/Why did you get involved with the community through your line of work?
As a public safety professional, it is important to connect with our local communities in any way possible. This connection allows for increased understanding of what we do in fire and emergency services and educates us on what the community needs and expects from us. It is also another way for us to give back to our communities.
What are your goals for the next three to five years?
My personal goal in the next three to five years is to retire professionally and find alternative ways to volunteer and/or contribute to the greater Tucson community in another capacity. I am approaching thirty years of service in fire and emergency services, and personally ready to move on from here.
What is one thing you’ve accomplished in your life that you are proud of?
While I am incredibly proud of my years of service in public safety, I am most proud of the Camp Fury program and what it has meant to the Girl Scout movement as well as to encouraging girl empowerment and leadership in our communities. I think when we have the chance to be part of something much bigger than ourselves, those are the most rewarding experiences.
Give us one word that describes you the best, and why!
Tough question as it is always difficult to describe sixty years of life experience in one word. I would say the best word to describe me is “committed.” I am committed to my job by bringing my best effort every day. I am committed to those who work at Tubac Fire District to ensure they have the resources and support they need to be successful. I am committed to the Tubac community to ensure our Fire District is meeting their needs. I am committed to my personal relationships with family and friends to be my best self. And I am committed to my own health and wellness so that I am able to live a long life especially as retirement approaches.
I remember some advice that my father gave me when I was young and entering professional employment. He said “when life is difficult, put your head down and work hard.” I have tried to live my life that way. It has helped me stay focused on the task at hand and not get bothered or distracted by things happening around me that I have no control over. Life is about adversity sometimes and being resilient. Learning how to work through the tough times is the best education you can have.
Get to know Cheryl and team members in his video!