Celebration Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Celebration Award Winners!

one million degrees logo awards2017 Associate Board of the Year

One Million Degrees Associate Board, One Million Degrees
“As ambassadors for One Million Degrees, and for low-income, first-generation college students, OMD’s Associates Board is advocating for the importance of a community college degree, soft skills development, and forging a path into the middle class.” – Michaela McGill, Senior Manager, Volunteer & Alumni Programs

Choua Vou2017 Supervisor of the Year

Choua Vue, Director of Policy and Community Engagement, Illinois Action for Children
“[Choua] is extremely smart, not afraid to challenge the powers that be, and most importantly committed to her values around equity and social justice. I have been in meetings where there are difficult conversations and Choua has never backed down, especially on issues around race and the agency’s commitment to equity. She truly wants to see her staff grow, and she challenges us to think outside the box, to imagine beyond, to be creative and to get it done.” – Luis Roman, Community Engagement Associate

ChiArts2017 Nonprofit of the Year

The Chicago High Schools for the Arts
“ChiArts aims to develop the next generation of diverse, artistically promising scholar-artists who lead fulfilled lives, obtain a level of success that is meaningful to them, and become active and engaged citizens of tomorrow.” – Marlena Dzis, Development Associate

Timna2017 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

Timna Axel, Communications Associate, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
“Timna is a strong, caring, and genuine ally to a broad diversity of nonprofit peers and community members. At work and outside of work, she is always thinking of inventive ways to further social justice. In the aftermath of the 2016 election cycle, when she observed that a growing number of vulnerable communities were under attack, Timna started a group in her community to organize resistance actions, legal know your rights trainings, medical trainings for protestors, and weekly giving drives to nonprofits.” – Bonnie Allen, Executive Director