City Administrator Kay Hanson presents Karen Peterson with the West Concord Citizen of the Year Award at WCHS on Friday night. Tara Lindquist
City Administrator Kay Hanson introduced Citizen of the Year Karen Peterson with the following:
"This year the Survival Days committee decided to ask for nominations for Citizen of the Year from you, the people. The nominee didn't have to live within the City limits, but must have made a contribution to the West Concord community. As you are all well aware, West Concord is known for and has built on volunteerism. Given that fact, we received many very worthy nominations. This made the decision for the committee very difficult to single out just one individual. But, when I read all of the many things this person has done for our community, I think you will agree that the right choice was made.
"This person volunteers in several community organizations as well as their church. I would dare say that this individual has had an impact on everyone in this room, in one way or another.
"This is where it is going to become very obvious who our nominee is.
"In "her" forty years in education, she lived out the fact that education was more than just a classroom experience. She volunteered as a class advisor, on the prom committee and extensively in AFS.
"She has been involved in the West Concord Study Club, the Library Board, is the Investment Club Treasurer, is on the Thrivent Board, Cardinal Club, Survival Days Committee, and has worked tirelessly on the West Concord Public Charter School as a founder and director.
"She is an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church, working in the Women's ministry and aides in the preparation of the power point presentations for Sunday morning services.
"She has been a Council Member since . She has been instrumental in the development of the City Christmas celebration, National Night Out, Movie on the Walls, and spends countless hours working in our parks.
"This person was a great mentor to me when I was in High School and has continued to be that mentor in my role as City Administrator. I can't think of a greater honor than to present Karen Peterson as our 2013 Citizen of the Year."