Outstanding community leaders recognized

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On March 10, Leadership Pikes Peak will present awards to three outstanding community leaders during the organization’s annual Celebration of Community Leadership at 5:30 p.m. at Doolittle Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The evening includes live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a keynote presentation by leadership expert and author Robert Ginnett.
The awards, which are presented to local individuals who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership, are given in three categories: Community Inspiration Leadership Award, Modeling the Way Community Leadership Award and the Mary Lou Makepeace Community Trustee Award.
Last year’s recipients were Richard Conn, Rosemary Harris and Phillip Kendall.
The 2007 award winners are:

Donnis Martin

Community Inspiration Leadership Award
This award recognizes a Leadership Pikes Peak graduate who is an exemplary volunteer leading a community effort or nonprofit organization in the Pikes Peak region.

Martin is dedicated to empowering and mentoring members of the community. She was the first chairwoman and the driving force behind the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative, a leadership program for low- to moderate-income women. This program is now in its fifth year.

Martin helped develop a giving circle, Women Helping Women, in conjunction with Partners in Housing and has served on the boards of Leadership Pikes Peak, Partners in Housing, and the Housing Authority.

She is a consensus and mediation facilitator as well as an alpaca rancher and breeder.

CJ Moore

Modeling the Way Community Leadership Award
This award recognizes a Leadership Pikes Peak graduate whose community leadership in his/her personal and professional life has motivated family, friends, colleagues or community members to get involved. This person is a team, coalition or collaboration builder.

A public affairs representative at Kaiser Permanente, Moore has played a key role in a number of collaborative efforts to address local health issues, including childhood immunizations and uninsured patients. Her efforts led to the establishment of community health clinics to provide medical care for undeserved populations.

Moore serves on many nonprofit boards and committees, including the Community Health Partnership, American Heart Association Community Advisory Board and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Through her example and encouragement, she has motivated many other Kaiser employees to serve with nonprofit organizations.

Jan Weiland

Mary Lou Makepeace Community Trustee Award
This namesake award recognizes an individual whose sustained community leadership has had a lasting impact on a broad segment of the Pikes Peak region. This award, LPP’s highest accolade, is named after former mayor and former Leadership Pikes Peak executive director Mary Lou Makepeace for her vision and commitment to Colorado Springs.

Weiland’s far-reaching impact on the Pikes Peak community includes the establishment of Court Care in 2003, which provides free on-site childcare for children of jurors and other parents conducting court-related business. She also is a driving force behind Justice Watch, a nonprofit effort that organizes volunteers to observe and provide feedback on courtroom proceedings. During the past 15 years she has contributed to the community through involvement in Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council, El Paso County Planning Commission, Memorial Hospital, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber and a long list of other activities that serve and better the community.

The cost to attend the celebration is $60 for Leadership Pikes Peak graduates, $70 for the public and table sponsorships are available for $900, which includes seating for 10, priority placement, table signage and recognition in the evening’s program.
Reservations can be made by calling Leadership Pikes Peak at 632-2618, by e-mail at wendy@leadershippikespeak.org or by fax at 632-5391.
Leadership Pikes Peak has offered leadership programming since 1979 and has more than 1,000 graduates who have gone on to become community leaders throughout the Pikes Peak Region. LPP’s mission is to provide vital and diverse community trustees by building awareness and commitment to the ideal that people who live and work here are responsible for our community, and is dedicated to the vision of a leader-full community where everyone makes a difference.
For more information, visit www.LeadershipPikesPeak.org.