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Spirit of Community

Written by Tina Potterf
April 20, 2011

“Often what makes the greatest difference with a community organization are the individuals who go quietly about their business with consistency, compassion and care while not seeking the spotlight. Jeri Chonle is one of these people.” 

This is what the person who nominated Jeri Chonle for the 2011 community partner award cited among many positive attributes. Chonle, who is volunteer coordinator at Northwest Harvest, is known for her quiet compassion and as an inspirational adviser and mentor to the students and other volunteers she oversees at Northwest Harvest. Dozens of SU students volunteer at the various food banks that are supported by her organization.

Chonle was honored for her service at the seventh annual Spirit of Community celebration, sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement. Each year the center recognizes SU students, staff, faculty and community partners for their tireless and selfless work in helping others through service that fosters social change.

“It’s amazing to be given an award for something you love doing everyday,” Chonle said. “I look forward to many more years working with Seattle University and the students toward a just and humane world.”

In addition to Chonle, this year’s recipients of service awards were students Hajer Al-Faham (senior, political science and women’s studies), Rebecca Recinos (junior, liberal studies) and Maggie Wykowski (senior, sociology); staff member Mileva Huljev (SU recreation sports, Student Development); and faculty member Michael Bisesi (Center for Nonprofit & Social Enterprise Management, College of Arts and Sciences.)

At the awards ceremony April 19 at Campion Ballroom, Nadinne Cruz, a pioneering leader in community-based service learning, gave the keynote address.

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