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LSNA Honors our Community Heroes

    On Nov. 30, 2006, long time residents Silvia González and Deborah McCoy were honored as the Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Community Heroes at the Local Initiative Support Corporation’s New Communities Program Leadership Assembly. They were recognized by more than 500 people from 16 communities and personally acknowledged by Mayor Daley and Jonathon Fanton, the President of the MacArthur Foundation

Silvia Gonzalez

Silvia González is truly a community hero. She has given her time and talents to the children and families of Logan Square in so many ways. She not only gets involved herself, but encourages others to get involved and develop their leadership skills as well. When LSNA and Monroe School began a School Community Learning Center, Silvia was actively involved and eventually served as president of the Community Learning Center’s Advisory Council. When Silvia and other Monroe parent leaders heard about the Armitage Ave. School to School Housing Initiative, they circulated petitions and handed out information to parents at the Report Card Pick Up. Even though the Monroe attendance area was not directly affected by the Housing Initiative, she and others felt that affordable housing is such an important issue in all of Logan Square that they became involved as well. Most recently, Silvia led a group of parents to learn more about zoning issues and Tax Increment Financing to make sure that the changes that are proposed along Milwaukee Ave. do not alter the character of the community and further price current residents out of the community. 
    

Deborah McCoy

Deborah McCoy is equally qualified to be named LSNA’s Community Hero. Deborah was president of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association from May 2004 – May 2006. She was a key leader in creating the Logan Square New Communities Program Plan (the Holistic Plan) and in generating support for the plan throughout the community. Deborah is a tireless advocate of the community's right to determine its future and of projects that are economically and ethnically integrated. She has been involved in many campaigns around housing, safety, education and other issues in her 20+ years as an LSNA leader. Deborah has recently been involved in several door knocking campaigns and always finds time to inform neighbors about important issues in the community. She is particularly strong in working to bring all members of the community to the table to work together. Since Deborah stepped down as president of LSNA (two years is the maximum term an officer can serve), she has joined the board of the Humboldt Park Social Services and still remains active in LSNA as member of her block club and through the Housing and Land Use Committee.

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