As the founder of Whatcom Family and Community Network, Ken Gass was our organization’s first connector, community builder, and advocate for the health and well-being of our Whatcom children. In his name, we celebrate people, organizations and actions that continue to strengthen community so children and families can thrive. With joy we announce that It is time to open nominations for the 2020 Ken Gass Community Builders Award! For a listing of previous honorees, please visit our community builders page.
It is important to acknowledge that the format (dinner and award ceremony) that we have historically used may not be feasible this year. As such, we are revisioning this event and opportunity with the intention to still celebrate and highlight the crucial and uplifting work happening in our community, but likely across time, space and technology.
Typically nominations are accepted from those who have in the past been honored as community builders. We know you are not alone in the effort to build a better future in Whatcom County. We also look to our close community partners to identify nominees connecting and empowering community toward positive change and increased well-being. Nominations that focus on work that improves child and family wellbeing are prioritized in the selection process. Selected nominees will be awarded. Both the nominator and nominee of those selected will be notified in late September.
This award recognizes youth, adults, businesses, and organizations for outstanding contributions to increasing community caring, empowerment, and connections that improve the lives of children, youth, and families. It honors individuals and groups who show evidence of skills, talents, interests and passions that result in leveraged resources to increase community planning; increased access to services for children and families, increased connection among community members at the neighborhood or local level, and bringing together residents to collectively improve their local community.
If you would like to nominate someone or a group, please complete form below by September 10, 2020.
We will announce the 2020 recipients this fall and will invite honorees to the 2020 Ken Gass Community Builders Awards Dinner to be held on Thursday, December 17 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal (though the manifestation of this may alter in some ways).
Save the date, if you’d like to join us to celebrate community building with this year’s award recipients!
Thank you for your nominations of a Community Builder in Whatcom County!