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The 26th annual Heart of Marin Awards luncheon took place on Jan. 10 at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. Non-profit leaders, organizations and volunteers were honored along with an award for corporate community service to a local business. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Lynda Gayden, Biotech Partners for Excellence in Innovation, Chaunte Chastang, Nugget Markets for Corporate Community Service, James Cleaves, Halleck Creek Ranch’s Volunteer of the Year, Joanie Ciardelli of Pathways to Peace, accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award for Avon Mattison, Maureen Cornelia of Community Land Trust Association of West Marin for Excellence in Board Leadership, Homeward Bound of Marin’s Executive Director, Mary Kay Sweeney, and Deputy Director, Paul Fordham, for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, Cheryl Paddack, CEO of North Marin Community Services, for Excellence in Leadership, and (kneeling, left to right) Youth Volunteers of the Year Cutter Dawes for Canal Alliance and Amigos de Las Americas, Lucia “Lucy” London for Novato High Earth Club, Adriana Golden for Knowledge is Power, Loughlin Browne for MCYC and Bridge the Gap, and Daniel Magana for Next Generation Scholars.

Homeward Bound of Marin’s CEO Mary Kay Sweeney accepted the award for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence from Chaunte Chastang of Nugget Markets, the award sponsor.

The award for Excellence in Leadership went to North Marin Community Services’ CEO Cheryl Paddack. The award goes to a leader whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefitting the organization and community.

The Heart of Marin Awards are a year in the making by CVNL with support from generous corporate donors. Pictured are (left to right) Johnathan Logan of Marin Community Foundation, Linda Jacobs, CEO of Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership, Jeff Bell, 2018 Heart of Marin Emcee, and Russ Colombo of Bank of Marin.

-Photos courtesy of CVNL



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