Crusader Community Health initiated the Spirit of Caring Award in 1992 to honor special people in our community who have demonstrated outstanding efforts in caring for others. In 2007, we added caring organizations to the award categories and in 2014 we added the Spirit-of-the-Future award to honor persons 40 years and younger for their caring efforts. We honor all nominees who were nominated by family, friends and co-workers in recognition of their care and concern for others. Four people and one organization received the Spirit of Caring awards on Friday, October 21, 2016.
2016 INDIVIDUAL RECIPIENTS
Catherine is recognized for using her God given gifts to mentor young women, particularly young mothers, in parenting, academic tutoring and social skills. As a cancer survivor she gives back by volunteering for the American Cancer Society. She has been a strong advocate for the enhancement and improvement of West Rockford and is an active member of the West Gateway Coalition. She is a former member of the Crusader Community Health Board.
JANET R. HOLMGREN
Serving on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court since 1995, Judge Holmgren has been a champion for those with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, trauma survivors and abused and neglected children. She is the voice for those who have been disenfranchised and ignored. Her involvement in the community is interwoven in many organizations that share her vision including being chair of the Rockford Regional Health Council, working with Alignment Rockford, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Northern Illinois.
Nancy has a long history of being involved in volunteering for organizations in Rockford with a significant passion for the city’s youth and their education. She gives endless hours of time and focused dedication to many local boards, organizations and community projects. She is a past president of the Rockford Rotary Club and former member of the Rockford Public School Board serving as President from 2002-2009. She has also served on the boards of the Goldie Floberg Center, Rosecrance Foundation, and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful.
2016 SPIRIT-OF-THE-FUTURE RECIPIENT
Courtney is an active community member highly involved in work that focuses on caring in her career with Goodwill as well as with community organizations such as Junior League, Special Olympics, United Way, Money Smart Week, Alignment Rockford and others. As Director of Mission Services at Goodwill, she oversees four programs that help people create opportunities to enhance their lives. Her vision and leadership for Goodwill’s mission helps to fill community voids and demonstrates genuine care to the people Goodwill serves.
2016 ORGANIZATIONAL RECIPIENT
SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS
Special Olympics provides the opportunity to experience the transformative power of sport for individuals who are at times marginalized in the community. Through its programming and outreach, Special Olympics changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. The organization provides opportunities for more than 1,400 athletes age 8 and up.