Annual Sybyl Award winner honored by Resource Genesee

— Kenyetta Dotson of Flint is the recipient of Resource Genesee’s 2010 Sybyl Award.

She received the award Dec. 9 at Resource Genesee’s Holiday Luncheon held at the Riverfront Banquet Center (the former Character Inn) in downtown Flint.

Dotson, currently employed by Genesee County Community Mental Health, was cited for her tireless efforts to curb violence in the City of Flint, her work through Church Without Walls to serve the needs of residents of Flint’s north side in particular, her mentoring of others in this work, and her academic excellence as she recently completed her master’s degree in social work this year. Dotson paid tribute to the many people who helped form her life and encouraged the other nominees to persevere in their efforts.

The award honors the life of Sybyl M. Atwood, who served for more than 40 years as the program director for Volunteer and Information Services at Resource Genesee and its predecessor organizations. Atwood died in 2007. Atwood’s friends and colleagues remembered her in a video presentation played before the award was given.

Seventeen people were nominated for this year’s award. A selection committee convened by Resource Genesee determined the recipient. This is the third year the Sybyl Award has been presented. The accomplishments of all of the nominees were highlighted during the luncheon.

“Sybyl would have been proud of all of the nominees and their selfless giving back to the community. We’re very fortunate to have so many people doing so much for others when the needs are so great,” said Dale Weighill, Resource Genesee President & CEO.

Sybyl’s sense of community and boundless energy influenced and strengthened the human service sector of Genesee County for more than four decades. Mentoring was central to her work.

This year’s nominees include: Kim Alexander, Hurley Medical Center volunteer; Barbara Arndt, Hurley Medical Center volunteer; Diane Brown, Family Service Agency; Kenyetta Dotson, community activist with Community Action Group; Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez, Mott Community College; Richard Grovom, American Red Cross blood donor; Paul Herring, Sr., Flint Juneteenth committee member; Edward Hoort, Legal Services of Eastern Michigan executive director; Harriet Kenworthy, YWCA volunteer; Sue Kirby, community activist and volunteer; Jack LeSage, retired advertising agency owner, TS Jenkins; Katherine (Kitty) Moeller, community volunteer; Robert Piper, Piper Realty Co.; Betty Ramsdell, Flint Community Schools, Board of Education; Jane Richardson, Salem Housing Community Development Corporation; Pat Sartor, Hurley Medical Center volunteer; Deacon Anthony Verdun, Sr., Angels Outreach Ministry.

Previous Sybyl Award recipients include: Diana Kelly, Community Investment Manager at United Way of Genesee County, and Gary Haggart, former president, Shelter of Flint.

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