In recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the City of Chicago, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Department of Aging will present Sister Cecilia Fandel with the 2009 Luminary Senior Citizens Award, which is the highest award of the Chicago Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the annual award ceremony of the Chicago Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 2, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. Sr. Cecilia is one of several 2009 Luminary Senior honorees.
In nominating Sr. Cecilia for the award, Pamela Barnet, executive director of Howard Area Community Center, wrote: "Sr. Cecilia's dedication to the Rogers Park community is truly inspiring. Her actions and words are a guiding light to neighborhood residents. Above all, she leads community members to take action together and realize their own strength. I cannot think of any single individual who has had a greater impact on our community, and I truly believe there is no one more deserving of induction into the Chicago Senior Citizens Hall of Fame."
This is not the first time Sr. Cecilia has been recognized for her service. She received the Spirit of Rogers Park Award from the Rogers Park Community Council (1999), the Friends of the Parks Individual Award, "For organizing and mobilizing community groups for park protection and improvement in North Rogers Park" (2003), and the Unsung Hero Award from Howard Area Alternative High School, "In honor of your spirit, your dedication, and your devotion to the students here over the past five years" (2005).
No one is more deserving of recognition for their years of community commitment, dedication and service than Sister Cecilia. She has and continues to make our NoH (Germania) neighborhood a better place for all.
Again, congratulations and thank you for all that you do, Sister C!