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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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2010 Spirit of Portland Awardees

Sandy Diedrich Award - Ed Kerns

Fifteen years ago Ed Kerns created the Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project, which coordinates clean-up efforts and native tree plantings along the Springwater Corridor within the Lents neighborhood.

Outstanding Partnership - Deputy Keith Bickford

Deputy Keith Bickford has been a Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff for 15 years. His current assignment is Director of the Oregon Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

Community Policing - Public Safety, Brian Wong

In September 2008, the controversial Prostitution Free Zones statutes were allowed to sunset. The impact was significant, turning once quiet neighborhood streets into de facto brothels. Brian and his neighbors realized they had to act.

Emerging Community Leader - Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes has spent the last year as the Powellhurst-Gilbert Public Safety Chairperson, working on varied public safety issues for the neighborhood.

Humanitarian - Larry Chusid

Larry Chusid has centered his life's work on the principle that making a difference is more important than making a dollar. Inspired by Pongo, his friend and companion for over eighteen years, Larry founded The Pongo Fund in 2007 with the goal of offering support to Portlanders struggling to provide for their family pets.

Independent Spirit - Worth Caldwell

Worth Caldwell, a native Portlander, has a long history of working on a variety of civic projects. Retiring nearly 20 years ago as owner of Caldwell Colonial Chapel, and helping his wife raise 5 children, he continues to use his experience to further a number of civic and social causes.

Non-Profit Organization - Portland Youthbuilders

Founded in 1995, Portland YouthBuilders is committed to giving low-income youth who have dropped out of high school a second chance at success.

Youth Volunteer - Rebecca Kirk

Rebecca Kirk is a senior in high school; she was the first Native American president of the Native American Early College Academy and has carried that title for four years. She first showed her early leadership skills in the fifth grade where she started a young girl?s princess mentoring class at Abernathy Elementary.

Commissioner Nick Fish's Awards - Daimler, Depave, Ted Gilbert

Commissioner Fish has selected three awardees this year - Daimler and Depave as Organizations, and Ted Gilbert as Individual.

2008 Spirit of Portland Emergency Preparedness Awardee - Clarence Harper, Jr.

Clarence received his Spirit Of Portland Award in November 2008 for thirteen years of Volunteer Service as an Emergency Preparedness Educator/Promoter for the Portland Bureau Of Fire & Rescue/Portland Office Of Emergency Management's Neighborhood Emergency Team. His award was destroyed in April 2010, so he is being re-awarded at the 2010 Spirit of Portland Awards Ceremony.

Business Association - Parkrose Business Association

The successor to the Parkrose Chamber of Commerce, dating to the 1940s, the Parkrose Business Association (PBA) has worked since 1986 to grow the Parkrose Business Community through various community based projects.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman's Award - Barbara Rommel, Guardian Real Estate

Commissioner Dan Saltzman selected two awardees this year - Barbara Rommel, former Superintendent of the David Douglas School District, and Guardian Real Estate

Commissioner Leonard's Award - Brian Markman

Mr. Markman is a good example of a young business entrepreneur going the extra mile to help residents in the Portland area. In 2009, Brian?s small company took on a task of helping to build a duplex to assist homeless residents in North Portland as part of a transitional housing project.

Community Harmony - Mr. Lee Po Cha

Lee Po Cha serves as Associate Director of Programs and Government Relations for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO).

Emergency Preparedness - Don Mustell, Jerry DeLaunay

Don Mustell and Jerry DeLaunay from OMNI Media Networks have been committed to preparing the blind and low vision community for disaster for the past two years.

Employee of the Year - Kristan Knapp

Kristan Knapp has worked as the Summer Concerts Producer for Portland Parks & Recreation, as a part-time seasonal employee of the City of Portland for 31 years.

Independent Spirit - Don MacGillivray

Don is a progressive neighborhood advocate interested in seeing Portland become the best it can be for everyone. He has been at it for over thirty years beginning as a VISTA architect / planner at Portland's first Community Design Center.

Large Business - Portland Trail Blazers & Wells Fargo

Throughout the 2009-10 NBA season, the Portland Trail Blazers and Wells Fargo pledged to devote 40,000 volunteer service hours in Portland through their joint "Take Time Out" program.

Mayor's Award - Dr. Joseph M. Ha

Dr. Joseph M. Ha recently retired as Vice President for International Business and Government Relations at Nike. Dr. Ha is currently Professor of International Politics at the Russian Academy of Social Sciences, in Moscow, Russia, an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Business at Portland State University, an Adjunct Professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and Professor Emeritus at Lewis and Clark College.

Neighborhood - Sumner Association of Neighbors

They say Sumner neighborhood is the smallest neighborhood in Portland. Even so SAN is blessed with one of the larger hearts in town as possessed by Sumner Association of Neighbors chair Eugene Muir.

Public Involvement Advisory Council - City of Portland

The Public Involvement Advisory Council, also known as PIAC, was created by City Council in 2008 in response to numerous requests from the community and from City bureaus recommending that the City conduct more consistent and improved public involvement processes.

Small Business - Jean Baker

Jean began by working with the Division/Clinton BA as liaison from the Richmond Neighborhood. She stayed on to write the D/CBA quarterly newsletter, joined the board, served as secretary, and for 6 years, as its president.