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City, chamber name 2013 Service to Beaverton award recipients

Businesses, services and individuals honored at Thursday luncheon ceremony


Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle announced the recipients of the 2013 Service to Beaverton Awards, sponsored by the city of Beaverton and the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, during a Thursday luncheon at the Nike Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters at Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road. The annual awards ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations that have made long-term, significant contributions to the Beaverton community.

Award recipients were selected based on criteria including: implementing and/or assisting in the implementation of outstanding projects and/or services; enriching and revitalizing our community and neighborhoods; and demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values.

"The Service to Beaverton Awards helps us recognize those who show true community spirit, collaboration and volunteerism,” Doyle said. “To all the nominees, we thank you for your invaluable contributions to make Beaverton the best of Oregon.”

Here are this year's recipients and a profile of the business, service or individual:

Business: Edwards Enterprises

Edwards Enterprises, one of the nation’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to the independence and dignity of people with disabilities, employs 150 Oregonians with disabilities. Their mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them reach their highest potential through training, education, employment, housing, and social opportunities in safe, healthy and stimulating environments. Today, Edwards Enterprises provides homes, jobs and activities to more than 300 people.

Outstanding Beaverton Individual: Sue Pike

Pike is involved in numerous activities throughout Beaverton from the Beaverton Woman’s Club, Beaverton High School Golden Grads and the ISing Choir to her involvement with Bethel Church, the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Domestic Violence Resource Center and more. Lorraine Clarno, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, describes Pike as someone who “not only gets the big picture, but understands we all have a role in becoming and being the community we want to be.”

Emerging Leader: Erin Cochran

Cochran has assisted in the implementation of a number of outstanding projects around Beaverton, most specifically relating to homeless youth. Along with others on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, Cochran helped identify and actively respond to the issue of teen homelessness in the community. From planning the Beaverton Teen Idol contest to raise funds for HomePlate Youth Services to her involvement with after school meal programs, SOLV, and civic work, Cochran inspires others with her positive and caring attitude.

Educator/Teacher: Erin Cole

Cole is an environmental science teacher and a club advisor for Serving Our Community at Valley Catholic High School. Cole involves her students in SOLV activities in her classroom, leads the Serving Our Community club with monthly veterans’ game nights, prepares sandwiches and lunches for homeless shelters and supports the club’s “Hunger Awareness Banquet.” Students have said her dedication to the community has shown them the value of being connected with the community.

Neighborhood Association Committee Member: David Kamin

Kamin, the current chair of the Five Oaks Triple Creek NAC, has served in various leadership roles and impacted the community in a number of ways. For the past five years, Kamin has organized and scheduled Saturday work parties at Autumn Ridge Park so community members could once again enjoy the trails. Kamin also volunteers for and promotes citywide events such as Beaverton Recycling Day, the Neighborhood Booth at the Beaverton Farmers Market, the Picnic in the Park series, Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement leadership training, and Community Emergency Response Training activities. Kamin leads by example and inspires others to become involved to enhance the quality of life in the Five Oaks Triple Creek NAC and in the community at-large.

Service Organization: Elsie Stuhr Center

The Elsie Stuhr Center provides a variety of activities for those 55 “and better” in the Beaverton area. Many consider the Elsie Stuhr Center their second home. Those who use the Elsie Stuhr Center say that the leadership, staff, and the variety of interesting activities exceed all expectations. It is also considered a life line for many people of different backgrounds and disabilities who might otherwise never leave their homes.

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