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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:25 pm

Verbatim: Nominations Now Being Accepted for Linda & Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award

The following was released on Tues., May 23, 2017 by the Allen County Board of Commissioners:

(May 23, 2017) – The Allen County Board of Commissioners today announced that nominations are now being accepted for the “Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award,” designed to honor volunteerism and community service work in the names of the longtime community advocates.

Nominations will be accepted through June 30. Forms are available online at www.allencounty.us or at the Board of Commissioners office in Suite 410 of Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street. Nominees will be evaluated based on four criteria:

  • Vision and action: seeing a need in their community and taking steps to meet that need
  • Selflessness and sacrifice: devoting their time and energy in service to their community without seeking recognition or reward
  • Commitment and perseverance: working through difficulties and challenges to achieve their goal
  • Impact: making a positive impact in their community through their work and serving as encouragement for others to do likewise

The award will be presented on September 29. Recipients will receive an individual plaque and their names will be included on a perpetual plaque that will remain in the Commissioners’ office.

The commissioners announced last September establishment of the award to be presented annually to an individual or individuals who reside in Allen County and have lived a life of service to our community outside of their regular profession in the example and tradition set by the Vandeveers.

The Vandeveers are best known in the community for their tireless advocacy on behalf of police and firefighters, which included creating and maintaining the Allen County Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial on North Wells Street. They were also instrumental in making improvements to the Baker-Fairfield neighborhood where they lived and worked.

Linda Vandeveer passed away September 29, 2016, after battling Stage 4 terminal cancer.