Hands on the BRICC:
Stephanie Anabo and her mother pose with NWGNA members at the United
Neighborhoods conference on October 18. The BRICC Award is named in
honor of Elizabeth Anabo, Stephanie's sister, who was the driving force
behind the BRICC award at Community Foundation Silicon Valley until
her death in 2001.
The NWGNA members are, left to right: Ken Eklund, Tom Smith, Harvey
Darnell, Ed Rast.
photo courtesy of
AT THE CONFERENCE
Janice Edwards gave an excellent, heartfelt Keynote Address at the conference,
honoring neighborhood activists. Ms. Edwards is Community Relations
Director and Host and Producer of "Community Focus" on NBC11/
BUILDING RESOURCEFUL COMMUNITY
Community Foundation Silicon Valley awarded an Elizabeth Anabo BRICC
Award to the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association in 2003. BRICC
stands for "Building Resourceful Inspirational Creative Community"
- the awards were established in 1994 to recognize groups that build
community and revitalize neighborhoods.
TWO AWARDS, TWO HONORABLE MENTIONS
NWGNA was honored as a new and emerging community group. CFSV awarded
a BRICC to the established Olinder Neighborhood Association for their
courageous battle for resident safety against crime. The McLaughlin
and Northside neighborhood associations were also recognized as Honorable
Mentions for their community-building work.
GROWING UP, TAKING ACTION
Presenting the Award, Grainger Marburg of CFSV cited the NWGNA's growth
from a collection of individual activists focused on neighborhood concerns
to an organized group able to make a difference in area-wide and city-wide
issues. He also commended the group's mission, motivation and commitment
to work with other neighborhoods.
UNSCC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
CFSV presents the Awards each fall at the United Neighborhoods of Santa
Clara County annual conference for neighborhood leaders. The award is
an actual clay brick with a commemorative plaque, plus a cash gift of
HONORING ELIZABETH ANABO
Beginning in 2001, the award was renamed to honor the memory of and
to commemorate Elizabeth Anabo, a Senior Program Officer at Community
Foundation Silicon Valley, who passed away in October 2001. Elizabeth
was extremely dedicated to and passionate about neighborhood groups,
and made tremendous contributions to them over the four years she worked
at the Community Foundation.
...the many members who have helped earn this honor for the Association
over the years -- plus Ed Rast, who urged participation, and Ken Eklund,
who did the paperwork. And our thanks and appreciation to Community
Foundation Silicon Valley!