In honor of Women’s History Month, the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues today honored 18 women for their professional achievements or contributions to their communities.
Recipients of the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award are chosen from each Cook County Commissioner district. One is chosen County-wide. Recipients are selected after each member of the Commission on Women’s Issues forms a committee and receives input from their district to identify a woman whose contributions or achievements are exceptional but seldom recognized. The Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award, renamed in 2010 in Montes’ honor as a way to recognize her work for women and girls of Cook County, are now in their 19th year.
“These are women who use their time, talent, spirit and enthusiasm to enrich and improve the lives of others,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who helped present the awards. “Due to their efforts, the communities in which we live, work and raise our families are stronger and better places.”
Recipients of the 2016 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award are:
Sabrina Herrell, At-large
Annie Marie Ford, 1st District Fran Bell, 2nd District Paula Anglin, 3rd District Christel D. Ward, 4th District Lorez Davis, 5th District Maurice Fitts Page, 6th District Linda Coronado, 7th District Beti Guevara, 8th District Maureen Perez, 9th District Jackie Taylor, 10th District Rita Ryan, 11th District Alexis Mansfield, 12th District Gloria Iverson, 13th District Henrietta Saunders, 14th District Victoria Poklop, 15th District Elizabeth Cabral-Arreola, 16th District Maureen Reilly, 17th District.