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Horizons4Girls: WI Leadership Awards Finalist!

26 Nov 2014

Horizons4Girls and their CEO/Founder, Char Pachniak were recognized Monday evening, November 17th in Oshkosh at the annual conference of Leadership Wisconsin. Horizons4Girls was recognized for Collaborating for Transformation. The Collaborating for Transformation Award recognizes an organization or business who:

  • has demonstrated impact on individuals, organizations, community and/or Wisconsin;
  • serves as an example for other organizations/businesses;
  • demonstrates a commitment to inclusion, diversity, collaboration, and civil dialogue; and
  • has an innovative approach to addressing issues and collaborating for transformation.

In the nomination papers their Founder stated: (As) I worked intensely with a good friend, Cathy Berger researching successful programs that worked around the country. I reconnected with resources I had worked with within the school system ~ administrators, teachers, counselors, social workers. As a member of the Sheboygan County Prevention Policy Board I met with individuals to discuss 'holes' that had been observed. I met with law and correctional officials. I met with agencies serving at risk youth, and even spent 18 months as a volunteer for one such agency. Cathy worked on all the documentation that would be required for such an agency and I even met with various churches and agencies looking for space to operate from. From that was birthed Horizons4Girls ~ what would become a 501c3 and eventually serving students at schools through Sheboygan County.

Pachniak was nominated for the Modeling the Way Leadership Award. The Modeling the Way Award recognizes an individual (any age) who:

  • has demonstrated impact on individuals, organizations, community and/or Wisconsin;
  • inspires/engages others to work towards common goals;
  • demonstrates a commitment to inclusion, diversity, collaboration, and civil dialogue; and
  • shows evidence of commitment to future contributions as a leader.

In the recognition program it was stated: Pachniak, described as a leader who never turns down a challenge, she has served as State President of Business and Professional Women and State Chair of Wisconsin Women's Network. She co-founded Sheboygan County-wide Crime Stoppers, and has served on a number of Boards of Directors including the local Literacy Council and Children's Museum. As the founder of Horizons4Girls she solicits, encourages and trains volunteers that work with at risk teen girls (in Sheboygan County). Char is known as a leader who encourages others to step up into leadership positions.

As presentations were made, Wisconsin Leadership Executive Director, Sarah Schlosser stated it was an honor to be able to recognize both an organization and their leader in one evening.

Pachniak stated that true heroes of the evening are the many volunteers of Horizons4Girls that help fulfill the mission of the organization: Lighting the spark~that inspires the internal promise of each student, fulfilling their academic and personal goals.

For more information on how you can become involved as a volunteer, a donor or make a referral to the program, contact Horizons4Girls at 920-254-1584, or read more about us here.

Last Modified: December 02, 2014 05:06 PM
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