Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 11, 2011

Nominate for 'character' awards

Forms are available to recognize compassionate residents

The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative is soliciting nominations for the 2011 Juanita Haugen Community of Character Award. It was established in 2008 to recognize Pleasanton residents chosen by their peers who consistently model high ethical and moral standards of behavior, including responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, honesty, respect and integrity.

The award is named in honor of longtime Pleasanton Unified School District Board Member and community volunteer, Juanita Haugen. Haugen, co-founder of the Pleasanton Community of Character program, believed that part of Pleasanton's success is due to its compassionate citizens. She wished to remind people to model ethical standards of behavior.

This year's award recipients will be announced May 11 at the Community of Character Collaborative Celebration at the Pleasanton Senior Center.

Anyone wishing to nominate a person who has demonstrated a commitment to the Community of Character traits through their volunteer work may download a form at www.communityofcharacter.org. The deadline for nominees is April 15.

Nomination forms are also available at the Pleasanton School District office, 4665 Bernal Ave.; Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce office, 777 Peters Ave.; Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal; and the Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal.

Nominees must be Pleasanton residents, demonstrate a commitment to quality volunteer work in the community, and exhibit volunteerism above and beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities.

Last year's award recipients were Dr. Pushpa Dalal, Chris Miller, Bob Athenour and the George A. Spiliotopoulos Invitational Tournament Volunteers. Recipients in 2009 were Jerri Pantages-Long, Sue Evans and Ken Mano. In 2008, awards were given to Lori Rice and Diana and Howard Mendenhall.

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