ECHO Award Winners - 2006

Katy Harriger and Jonathan Milner don't work together on a daily basis, but the social capital they teach as a college instructor and a high school teacher plants the seed in budding social capitalists who go on to positively impact their communities.  Katy's and Jonathan's commitment to teaching social capital as a way to stimulate young minds illustrates how one's personal values can extend into professional responsibilities in a way that benefits community.  Through their civic leadership, Katy and Jonathan have sent advocates out into communities to spread the word about social capital, and to build it along the way. Katy and Jonathan were nominated by Libby Booke.

Patricia Gardea builds social capital by working to strengthen trust in our community.  As an advocate for the growing Hispanic community, Patricia connects organizations such as the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad to other non-Hispanic organizations in an effort to bridge cultures and make lasting connections.  Her associational involvement, a dimension of social capital, allows her to form many relationships throughout the community that give her the opportunity to create partnerships and build trust.  Her tireless work on behalf of an underrepresented population is inspiring to many who serve alongside her.  Patricia was nominated by Charlene Davis.

Lyndon Bray vigorously gives his time, talents, and money to the causes he is passionate about, committing himself to several dimensions of social capital through giving and volunteerism.  Lyndon volunteers at the Community Care Center, helping those without medical insurance receive quality healthcare.  He is also a board member of Partners for Homeownership, an organization that helps provide affordable housing.  Lyndon goes out of his way to form relationships with those he helps to serve and encourages other volunteers to do so as well.  In addition to engaging volunteers, Lyndon finds ways to involve those who are being served, in order to break our community's tradition of "doing for," rather than "doing with."  Lyndon was nominated by Sharee Fowler and Stephanie Abdon.

Deborah Woolard's dedication to working on behalf of persons with disabilities has resulted in several programs and resources for the community.  She advocated for the creation of a social club for teenagers with disabilities, which is now in its seventh year.  Through this club, Deborah has provided an opportunity for teens with disabilities to build bonding social capital and to socialize informally.  In 2005, Deborah connected various organizations that support the disabled community to provide resources for a monthly parents gathering.  That gathering has evolved into a program model for supporting parents of disabled children, enabling them to build their own social capital. Deborah has leveraged her knowledge of the challenges faced by the disabled community to enlist broad community support. Deborah was nominated by Bill Donohue.

The Host Homes Teen Council, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic group with members from every Forsyth County high school, works to build bridging social capital with their diverse group and also engages in service activities throughout our community.  The group of 23 students has volunteered at Aids Care Service, the Ronald McDonald House, Horizons Residential Care, Brenner Children's Hospital, and other organizations. They engage in at least one community service project per month and the youth plan and execute all aspects of their projects.  Their civic leadership in the community makes them excellent role models for their high school peers and other young adults.  Host Homes Teen Council was nominated by Mable Stevenson.


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