Saturday, February 11, 2012

BikeWalkLee’s Dr. Margaret Banyan is a finalist for the BoCC’s 2011 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award

Congratulations to Margaret Banyan, Ph.D., one of BikeWalkLee’s founding steering group members, who was just named as one of the four finalists for the 2011 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award.  The Burton Award is presented by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) for outstanding contributions to the Lee County community. The award is a tribute to the late Paulette Burton, a long time civic activist in Lee County.

Margaret is a vital part of BikeWalkLee’s successful efforts in advocating for complete streets and a balanced multi-modal transportation system for Lee County.  In addition to serving on BikeWalkLee’s steering committee, she is a member of the Lee County Community Sustainability Advisory Committee (serving as Chair 2009-11) and is involved numerous other community activities.  She is an assistant professor at FGCU and teaches in the Division of Public Affairs in land use planning, public administration, and political science.  There she bridges the energy of students and the community to advance the important goals of sustainability, public transit, governance, and citizen involvement.

Margaret is BikeWalkLee’s second member to be nominated for the Paulette Burton award - Darla Letourneau was the 2010 finalist.  The attention given to BikeWalkLee is due to its efforts to build a broad coalition focused on community and livability in Lee County.

At the Board’s Feb. 21st meeting, the Board will honor the finalists and name the recipient of the Citizen of the Year. Click here for County's press release about the four finalists.

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