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To celebrate women's history month, the Woman of Achievement awards have been presented in March, every year since 1993.

This award is not a traditional achievement award. There are many awards that go to the person who did the biggest job, the most work or got the highest score. This award is not necessarily about that. At its core, this award is about women helping women, which is a deep value of the Lakeland Women's Center. When we receive nominations, we don't ask if this person is well-known or how wide their accomplishments are. We look to see if they have done what is before them. Did they answer the call that pulled at their heart? Did they bloom where they were planted? If so, they can be considered for the award.

In addition to our extraordinarily talented and compassionate award recipients, an exciting part of the program is the art. Rather than present the recipients with a plaque or certificate, we commission a local female artist to create a representative and unique piece of artwork, which is presented to each woman at a public ceremony.

The important contributions each recipient has made demonstrate their ability to inspire others and their desire to support women. We honor them, and extend our special thanks for their efforts within our community.

 
Shawn Petite ~ 2019 Woman of Achievement Award artist

Shawn Petite was the artist responsible for creating the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award artwork. The award we present is not your typical plaque. Each woman receives a unique piece of art that is created by a local artist based on the award winner's achievements, as seen by the artist. This year we celebrate the incomparable Shawn Petite, who, not only created the stunning and thoughtful artwork, but she also created this lovely video detailing her own journey and creative process. It is our honor to share her video.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, May 9, 2019  
 
Marsita FergUson - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

We are truly honored to share these Woman of Achievement Award winners with our followers. Marsita is our final award winner video of 2019. She is a social worker, who is extremely passionate about helping young people find their way in a world that is often challenging to navigate. She founded a mentoring and support group for young women of color, which was subsequently incorporated into the Lake County NAACP Youth Council. She provides opportunities for service, mentoring, and tutoring, and helps the group to establish and achieve their educational and career goals. Amongst her many accomplishments, she is an indispensable role model to many.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, May 2, 2019
 
Cindy Skrabski - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Today our celebrated award winner is Cindy Skrabski. Cindy has become a lifeline to two Afghan refugees and has had her own life simultaneously enriched, immeasurably. Through her deeply personal work with refugees, she came to reaffirm her belief that no matter a person's background or cultural heritage, we are all one and the same. Through her commitment to walk alongside these women, Cindy followed Jesus' direction to welcome strangers as friends, then as family. Please note that due to the sensitive nature of her work with refugees, the video has been edited to protect the privacy of the women that Cindy works with, calls friends, and thinks of as family.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, May 2, 2019
 
Lori Caszatt - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Today we celebrate Lori Caszatt, another of our outstanding Woman of Achievement award winners. Lori has a life mission of sharing compassion and resources while at home or traveling the globe. As a member of the Fair Housing Board, she works to ensure that no one is discriminated against for any reason. She travels as a volunteer with Heifer International. With a desire to learn and assist wherever she travels, she has worked to bring shoes to children in Guatemala and helped with conservation of the Leatherback Sea Turtle in Costa Rica.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
 
Ka-Pi Hoh - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Ka-Pi Hoh is another of our celebrated Woman of Acheivement Award winners. She is actively involved with efforts to increase diversity at Lubrizol and is a role model for other women in the workforce. Ka-Pi as made a signifigant positive impact on the development and networking of female and Asian employees at Lubrizol. Additionally, she mentors many female chemists and engineers through their careers.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, April 25, 2019
 
Rikke Coach - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Rikke coach is another of our outstanding Woman of Achievement recipients. Through Rikke's work at the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood, RAISE, and the Deepwood Foundation, she has worked tirelessly, enriching and empowering the lives of the disabled, by speaking out about their need to be accepted as contributing members of the community. She has consistently showed others how to embrace individuals with disabilites and celebrate their unique gifts and talents.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, April 25, 2019
 
Vanessa Tey Iosue - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Vanessa Tey Iosue is another of our celebrated 2019 Woman of Achievement award winners. Vanessa's leadership and dedication has helped to ensure that entities such as public school districts, community colleges, libraries, social service organizations, and mental health providers are able to serve people from many different backgrounds and all walks of life, helping them find the opportunities, services and supports they need.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, April 25, 2019
 
Meredith Everett - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Meredith Everett is our 3rd highlighted Woman of Achievement. Meredith's passion is to ensure that no child in our community goes hungry. She is the founder and director of the Lake County cahpter of End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, April 25, 2019
 
Neha Soni-Patel - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Meet our 2nd highlighted Woman of Achievement award recipient, Neha Soni-Patel. Neha is an Indian-American woman who, through her love and service, travels between continents and connects many people. Words such as travel, enrich, educate and inspire all apply to Neha. As a cardiac sonographer, Neha has travelled to India, bringing life-saving technology to underserved areas.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Thursday, April 25, 2019
 
Cathy Norman - 2019 Woman of Achievement Award video

Cathy Norman is a librarian with positive rapport with all students. She is an advocate for the LGBTQ community. She has helped the schools create a diversity curriculum, worked with theater programming, and has been involved in many activities designed to bring students and communities together. She is one of our 2019 Woman of Achievement Award winners.

Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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