Living Legacy Award Nomination
|*Note: Elected officials are not eligible to receive a Living Legacy Award.Please tell us in 500 words or less why you are nominating the person above. Be sure to include the length of time the person has been engaged in the activities you describe, list other activities the person is involved in, the impact of the person’s actions (i.e., how do they make a difference), and qualities and characteristics the person exemplifies. You may either include this in the space below or attach a document to this form.
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|Cookie began her volunteerism in her youth as she helped her mom selling poppies to help disabled veterans and then later as a teen, as part of the very first Earth Day and organized her classmates to clean up the litter from cars along highway 113. She has headed up other cleanup days and tree-planting days throughout her youth and adult life. Then she also delivered Meals on Wheels for years and was a volunteer receptionist and chaperone at a teen center.As a parent, Cookie got involved in many ways. She helped all four of her children’s teachers every year, was team mom for all of their sports teams, president of Parent Teacher Organizations, and wherever else she was needed for her children.
She later got involved as a volunteer for Dixon Chamber, Dixon Downtown Association, Sober Grad Night, Veteran’s Stand-down, Relay for Life, and many other good causes.
For 17 years now Cookie has worked at Dixon Family Services (DFS). For the last 10 years as Director, and before that as a case worker. She has been an advocate for the poor and needy families and children and very active in prevention of child abuse.
In 2001 she saw a need for services for senior citizens in Dixon. She had received several requests for help from people who were concerned about frail and isolated seniors that needed home visits and care services. Since DFS was an agency that was funded to serve families and children, she reached out to community members and formed a volunteer senior advocacy group. The group was named “The Advocates For Dixon Seniors” and it has been very active for 12 years, grown in number of members and organizes a Senior Resource Fair every October. The seniors in Dixon really look forward to the event that is free and provides socialization, pertinent information and resources, delicious food, raffles and live entertainment.
Cookie has campaigned for and been to many City Council meetings as an advocate for affordable housing, senior housing, child abuse prevention, and other causes for people who do not advocate for themselves.
It is with great pride that I nominate Patricia (Cookie) Powell, because as a young 60 year old she has accomplished numerous tasks to benefit the community. Just think about how much more she has to give to our community. God Speed Cookie.
The following is photo-copied from The Dixon Tribune, Sunday, May 27, 2012: