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Nyia, Sherry, and Kathy have all received the North Suburban Gavel Association Distinguished Leadership Award
Each of us received the award for different community projects. Nyia received the award in 2018 Sherry in 2016 and Kathy in 2015.
Sherry received the 2016 Human Rights Award from Roseville Human Rights Commission
The award is given for meritorious service in the pursuit and advocacy of human rights. Below is a portion of the nomination. You will see the award is well-deserved! (Sherry is 4th from the left)
“Ms. Sanders has been instrumental in bringing focus to issues in southeast Roseville that need to be addressed. Her hard work and vision have brought together an existing neighborhood and the new refugees, the Karen, in dialogue, friendship, and community planning. Ms. Sanders’ grant funded dialogues have met with much success and brought together agencies, as well as leadership from St. Paul, Roseville, and Maplewood for problem solving. She has made connections with Galilee Lutheran Church resulting in the church providing a meeting location for many neighborhood conversations. In her work with the Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM), Ms. Sanders recognized the benefit for this agrarian immigrant community to have a place to garden. Ms. Sanders secured land just a short distance from the apartment complex where the Karen live and arranged for water from an adjacent business. Together with Ms. Kathy Ramundt, Ms. Sanders founded “Do Good Roseville.” This group selects projects they feel are important and can be done without City assistance. Last fall they collected mittens and winter clothing for children in need. This fall they are planning a Roseville Area Community Volunteer Fair to form a bridge between those groups working to improve our community and the many volunteers looking for meaningful ways in which to serve. Ms. Sanders’ leadership in encouraging positive relationships between neighborhood residents and the immigrants living on the edge of the neighborhood has been unparalleled in my 35 years in Roseville. Her intolerance of bullying and outspoken courage on the topic is an outstanding example and model for all who struggle with bullying in public, private, and employment aspects of their lives. The benefit to our entire community and beyond from any one of these accomplishments would be significant and lasting. The depth and extent of her modeling of service and hard work to better her community is without measure. The benefits are many and lasting; their reach is broad and deep.”