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GOOD FOR YOU: Windsor Chamber of Commerce give out 2016 Summit Awards and Windsor Champion Award at annual dinner Wednesday night

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

Although Windsor-Severance Food Pantry director Brenda Heckman received the 2016 Windsor Champion Award, she feels credit needs to go to the volunteers who help make the pantry a success.

She admits it's nice to know people respect the time and effort she's put into the food pantry over the last 18 years or so. And the award given to her at the Windsor Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Wednesday night certainly made her feel honored.

"It meant a lot to me," she said.

Chamber of commerce officials made sure other worthy locals got some of the spotlight, too, Wednesday night at the Community Recreation Center. Windsor Town Board member and avid community volunteer Ivan Adams, Windsor High School Principal Michelle Scallon and the entire Weakland family received 2016 Summit Awards during the dinner celebration.

"It was a surprise," Adams said, "But one I feel honored to receive."

Ivan, in his fifth year on the town board, also received recognition for his enthusiastic support of, and volunteer work in, the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District.

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A retired elementary school principal, Adams said kids are an important part of his life and he feels it's important to help out students and kids.

"I love kids, I love to help," he said. "I love to serve and what better way to serve than to be with kids. I feel like I can help them."

Scallon thanked the community for the support they have given her as she's worked to help shape the students that go through her school.

"The power of community is evident in Windsor," said the 31-year career educator. "Working with the students, parents and community members has been a blessing. We have a very unique community where people care about each other and rely on each other for support. It is amazing to see families, staff members and businesses work together to help the children in our community be the best they can be."

Pat Weakland also focused on the community in his brief acceptance speech and encouraged everyone in attendance to continue supporting Windsor. The Weakland family has a lot of involvement in the town between Patrick Weakland Family Dentistry, The Windsor Gardener and High Hops Brewery.

He described Windsor as a welcoming community he and his family have been happy to share their businesses with.

After the award ceremony Jim Davidson, resilience expert, author, adventure speaker and expedition leader shared his harrowing life story of survival, resilience, perseverance and mountain climbing.

Davidson has been featured on the TV show "I Shouldn't Be Alive!" and is co-author of New York Times bestseller, "The Ledge."

Windsor-Severance Food Pantry

Learn about the Windsor-Severance Food Pantry and how to help online at: http://www.faithunitedchurchofchrist.com/food-pantry/ or call (970) 686-7307.

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