2018 – The newly named Spirit of Community Awards recognize meritorious individuals who have improved the lives of women of Florida and have served as positive role models for women and girls in their community. The Commission presents the awards in the area of the state in which the Commission is meeting throughout the year.
2018 Nominations are now closed. Recipients of the Award will be honored during the Commission’s 4th Quarterly meeting to be held in November 2018 in Tampa, FL.
If you have any questions regarding the Spirit of Community Awards, please contact the Commission office at 850-414-35310. Thank you in advance for your nomination. It is your input that enables us to recognize the exemplary community service of Floridians and to educate the public on their significant accomplishments.
Commission to Honor Outstanding Women for Work in their Communities
(Tallahassee, FL November 1, 2018) – The Florida Commission on the Status of Women will honor the following outstanding women with the 2018 Spirit of Community Award (formerly the FCSW Achievement Award) for their work in improving the lives of women and families in their communities:
- Stephanie Bowman of Orlando
- Louise Bruderle of Sarasota
- Paula DeBoles-Johnson of Tallahassee
- Rebecca Doane of North Palm Beach
- Maureen Dunleavy, LMHC of Key West
- Stacey Hoaglund of Cooper City
- Elaine Larson of Palm Bay
- Alma Lee Loy of Vero Beach
- Janeice T. Martin of Naples
- Linda A. Oberhaus of Naples
- Kelly Otte of Tallahassee
- Niritta Patel of Tampa
- Linda Watts of Leesburg
The newly named Spirit of Community Award recognizes meritorious women and men who have improved the lives of women of Florida and have served as positive role models for women and girls in their community. Recipients of the Spirit of Community Award will be honored during the Commission’s 4th Quarterly meeting on Friday, November 16, 2018, Noon – 2:00 PM at the Tampa Bay History Center.
Nominees are recognized for outstanding achievement from a wide variety of areas including but not limited to: arts, business, education, government, entrepreneurial leader, science (STEM), hometown hero, healthcare, sports, environment, and “one-to-watch” (up and coming youth leader—24 and under).
“The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is proud to focus on celebrating the contributions and success of women,” said Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D., Commission Chair. “We are delighted to honor these outstanding individuals for their tremendous achievements and dedicated service to their communities.”