The Lee County Commission this week awarded its top honor to Cape Coral resident Michel Doherty.
The Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award was well deserved. We congratulate Ms. Doherty on her achievement.
The 28-year resident has a history of volunteerism and civic activism dating back the full length of her tenure.
According to a release issued by the county, her many affiliations include the Cape Coral Civic Association and the Fort Myers Women's Community Club.
She worked to help bring the Veteran's Administration Clinic to Cape Coral and helped obtain grant funding for Four Mile Cove Ecological Park.
She was a founding member of Tiger Bay Club of SWFL, has chaired the American Red Cross' "Simply Red Gala" and has worked with Voices for Kids, the Lee County Homeless Coalition, Giving Heart for Cancer, Abuse Center for Women, the Downtown River District Art Walks, the Boys and Girls Club of SWFL, the Hope Hospice Planning Committee and the PACE Center for Girls where her numerous efforts also have earned her recognition as a Grande Dame Honoree of 2012. PACE offers counseling and academic services to pre-teens and teens facing life challenges.
Ms. Doherty gave The Breeze a quick view of her personal philosophy this week.
"I've been here - Southwest Florida and in Cape Coral - for 28 years, and if you want to make a difference in your community you have to be involved," she said.
And we thank her for her efforts.
We also thank her fellow finalists - Kevin Berry of Cape Coral, chair of Lee County ADA; Nola Theiss, former council member and mayor of Sanibel, who was instrumental in the formation of the Lee County Human Trafficking Task Force and related coalitions; and Dr. Margaret Banyan of Fort Myers, a member of the Community Sustainability Committee, a Multi Modal Transportation advocate, a founding member of BikeWalkLee, and a community plans member and advocate.
We are indeed fortunate our community has individuals of such caliber who are dedicated to making a difference.
- Breeze editorial