Sunday, September 30, 2007

Celebrities in our midst...

All four of our parents are outstanding people. Through and through. It's easy for us to speak well of them, but to watch them get recognized for who they are and what they do and have done is such an honor.

Both my mom and Norm have been recognized recently for their outstanding contributions to their community within their fields.

Mom recently announced her FULL retirement plans from managing six city-run public transit systems. That has come with noteriety in the local papers, and some well-deserved attention in city government meetings. For over 25 years, she has been the glue between the logistics, the politics and the heart of the Lake Area Bus and the Northeast Suburban Transit Systems. Because of her, an invaluable service has been offered for nearly three decades to many in a part of the Twin Cities is otherwise overlooked, when it comes to accessible transit options. She did everything from lobby at the capitol for funds, to show up at parades with balloons in hand to personally introduce the community to what these services offered, especially to kids and the elderly who may not have many transportation options.

I'm so very proud of her. She has worked very hard and sacrificed much for this work that she's believed in. Here's to a stellar retirement, mom. Enjoy every moment of it.

And Norm was recently recognized as a Distinguished Board Member of the Special District Association in Denver, Colorado. There were only eight (out of 5,500 candidates) members chosen to receive this honor. In the bio written about him, much was mentioned about his commitment to promoting beautiful and ecologically sound spaces for citizens, notably his vision for creating Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park.

As the years pass, I'm learning that I've only begun to scratch the surface of knowing all that Norm has accomplished in his professional life. I'm convinced I have much more to discover.

Congratulations to both mom and Norm. We are so very proud of you.

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