recognizing 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

2020 Spirit of Community
Award Winners

Peggy Brockman

Fort Walton Beach

Felicia M. Brunson

West Park

Lakesha Burton

Jacksonville

Lucia Campbell

Lakeland

Dolly Hand

Belle Glade

Zenani D. Johnson

Tallahassee

Diane McCain

Tallahassee

Denise Murphy

Naples

Adrienne Stephenson, Ph.D.

Tallahassee

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2021 Nominations Now Open!

2021 – The Spirit of Community Awards recognize 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. The awards are to honor community volunteers who are non-paid, (or not paid on a consistent basis). Recipients will be honored during the spring of 2022 as part of the 2022 LEAD Summit.

Nominees may be recognized for outstanding achievement from a wide variety of areas. The winners are chosen based on their servant leadership outside of their paid positions.

“The Florida Commission on the Status of Women celebrates the vision, strength, and servant leadership of women of all ages,” says Karin Hoffman, Commission Chair. “It is with great honor that we celebrate those who have so generously and unselfishly given of their time and talents to make a difference in their communities.”

Click here to nominate online or here to download the .pdf form.

2019 Award Winners

(Tallahassee, FL, November 30, 2019) – The Florida Commission on the Status of Women honored the following outstanding volunteers with the 2019 Spirit of Community Award for their work in improving the lives of women and families in their communities: 

  • Sharon Berrian of Tallahassee
  • Chase Hartman of Tampa
  • Lauren DePaola of Gainesville
  • Tina Kadolph of Sanford
  • Sharon Kendrick-Johnson of Miami
  • Barbara Melvin of Ave Maria
  • Paloma Rambana of Tallahassee
  • Sue Sifrit of Punta Gorda
  • Susan Chenault 0f Vero Beach

The 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 special ceremonies in their home communities.

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.”