We could label the Council meeting this past Tuesday night as awards night. We presented our annual Human Rights Awards and Heritage Preservation Award at this meeting.
I will start with the Heritage Preservation Award that is chosen by our Heritage Preservation Commission. This award is in its second year of existence and recognizes an individual, family or business who has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and use of Eden Prairie’s heritage resources.
This year’s recipient is Steve Schussler for the preservation of the Goodrich-Ramus Barn, now known as the Green Acres Event Center. Back in 2009, Steve acquired and renovated the Goodrich-Remus barn on Pioneer Trail at his own expense. By 2011, he turned it into an award-winning event center. This continues to be a great adaptive reuse for a historic city structure.
The next set of awards was presented by our Human Rights and Diversity Commission which recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant accomplishments in the field of human rights during the previous year.
The following 2015 Human Rights Awards were presented:
The first winner in the business category is World Auto Repair. They provide inclusive, fair-minded and “above and beyond” support to many residents who use its car repair assistance program. The staff at World Auto offer respectful, sensitive and compassionate service to families who are facing barriers, often in a time of crisis. World Auto partners with PROP and has proactively built relationships with the case management team there to best serve their mutual customers.
The second business winner is Brunswick Zone. The staff are inclusive, accommodating and supportive for adults and children with disabilities. The Brunswick Zone staff works with the Adaptive Recreation & Learning Exchange (AR&LE) and Transportation Resource to Aid Independent Living (TRAIL), organizations that support individuals with developmental disabilities.
The final award is for an individual — Hanadi Chehabeddine. She upholds the values of the Eden Prairie Manifesto through her work to build bridges of unity by dismantling misinformation and fear about Muslims. She seeks to counteract negativity in the media by living out and speaking about the peacefulness of Islam.
Congratulations to all of the award winners this year!