Making Democracy Work Award
This award celebrates a Flint area woman who has contributed to our community
The Making Democracy Work award celebrates a Flint area woman who is contributing to our community in a significant and meaningful way.
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The Flint Area League of Women Voters is pleased to announce that Diane Bayeh is the 2012 recipient of the Making Democracy Work Award. Diane Bayeh is the current Treasurer of Mt. Morris Township. She previously served on the Township board as a Trustee.
Bayeh has an extensive history of involvement in the democratic process. She is known for her grass roots efforts of reaching out to encourage people to become involved in local government and make elected officials accountable to the people they serve.
Bayeh was also instrumental in the development of the Genesee County Paramedic Program and initiated a county wide drive to establish a county-wide "Safe Haven for Newborns" program.
Bayeh is a graduate of Beecher High School and attended Mott Community College. She is an active member of the Beecher Community Development Council. She has also served on the board of the Genesee County Auto Investigative Network (GAIN) and has served as the Mt. Morris Township Board Liason to the Police Department.
The LWV will present the award to Bayeh on September 20, 2012, at Court Street Village Apartments. A light dinner will be served. The awards banquet will begin at 5:30 and tickets are $20.00. Tickets may be reserved by calling Ann Kraft at 810-767-2771 or by mailing the "RSVP Form"<files/2012MDWAnnouncementpdf> and payment to the League of Women Voters + Flint Area (LWMFA) to P.O. Box 230, Flint, MI 48501. Payments may also be made through Paypal (see below).
2012 MDW RSVP
The 2012 Making Democracy Work Award Ceremony will be held on September 20, 2012 5:30pm - 7:00pm.
Court Street Village Apartments
700 E. Court St, Flint, MI 48503
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2011 MDW Recipient
2011 League of Women Voters of Michigan - Making Democracy Work Award Recipients
2010 MDW Recipient
The third annual "Making Democracy Work Award" recipient is Donna Rheaves. She is a Flint native and has been active in community work for over 30 years.
She has, during these years, worked to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of families and young people in our community. Ms. Rheaves' s primary mission has been to educate young people so they can take control of their physical health and obtain the knowledge to be empowered so they can be a positive force in their community. She has served as President of the Urban Garden program, President of Hurley East Neighborhood Program, on the Advisory Board of the National Kidney Foundation, and is currently a member of the Children's Defense Fund. She has also worked with a local church to provide meals to needy families in Flint.
2009 MDW Recipient
The recipient of the second annual "Making Democracy Work Award" is Doris Sain. The Award honors an individual for her community service, for envisioning a way to improve her community as well as to mobilize others to work for change that benefits the broader community. Doris Sain was instrumental in creating the Court Street Village Nonprofit Housing corporation which provides quality, safe accessible, low cost housing for senior and low income members of the Flint area. Under her leadership, the Corporation has provided support for four neighborhood associations. She has been able to obtain financial support to fund these ongoing programs and secure the expertise of others to continue this work. Among her many accomplishments, while living in Beecher, she presided over Common Concern, Inc., a non-profit developed to address substance abuse and racial tension. She has served as a board member and secretary of the former Genesee County Legal Aid Society, is a charter member/board member of the Michigan Housing Council, served as a member of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, served as a member of Flint Area Citizens to End Racism. She is one of the first women to be appointed to the Flint YMCA Board of Ditectors. In 2000, she was selected to attend Harvard University School Center for the Study of Values in Public Life. She is a member and volunteer at Court Street United Methodist Church.
First "Making Democracy Work" Award
The recipient of the first annual "Making Democracy Work Award" was Charlotte Williams. Mrs. Williams is a former Genesee County Commissioner and the first black female to chair the National Association of Counties. These are just two of her many contributions to our community. The League of Women Voters of the Flint Area is proud to have Mrs. Williams as the recipient of this Award.