Mayor Dyer values the contributions neighborhood volunteers make to improve the quality of life in our City. In recognition of the many unsung heroes who work hard to keep their neighborhoods a great place to live, Mayor Dyer has created the Neighborhood Champion Award. The award is presented at his annual Neighborhood and Community Summit held in the spring of each year.
2017 Neighborhood Champion Award
Jean Gertenbach has been a leader in the Mai Kai Condominium community for more than 12 years. She has held numerous positions on the board, including president for 9 years, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and received the Neighborhood Watch Block Captain of the Year award in 2013. Jean is constantly looking for ways to engage her neighbors. In her role as board president, Jean has taken advantage of all the leadership opportunities available to her, participating in more than eight Neighborhood and Community Summits, attending numerous Community Connections workshops and receiving three Mayor’s Matching Grants. As a leader in the community, Jean saw the grant program as a wonderful way to bring her neighbors together for a common purpose while enhancing the condominiums. Jean understands the importance of developing partnerships. She and her team have worked with District 1 Commissioner Jim Gray to host community cleanups. In addition, Jean has a strong history of accessing City programs and offices, including Green Up Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful, the Orlando Police Department Neighborhood Watch and the Neighborhood Relations Team to ensure that her neighbors are kept informed, connected and involved.
Congratulations to Jean Gertenbach, truly a neighborhood champion!
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