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Mary Miller, director of youth ministry for St. Petronille Parish, received the Distinguished Service Award during the awards breakfast. Bridge Communities Director of Community Engagement Chad Pedigo nominated Miller for the award. Bridge Communities is a Glen Ellyn-based transitional housing and mentorship program for homeless families in DuPage County.
With the help of Miller, youth from St. Petronille Parish participate every year in Sleep Out Saturday, a fundraiser for Bridge Communities that also is designed to educate the public about poverty and homelessness in DuPage County.
Miller also helped launch a DuPage Pads program at First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn and started a transitional housing program at St. Petronille.
"She teaches our teens to be lifelong givers," Pedigo said.
Miller said she felt honored, but humbled, by the award.
"There are so many opportunities in this community for us to give back," she said. "We have the easy part in this. It's way easier to be the helper than to have to accept help."
Other Glen Ellyn Community Awards
District 41 Educator of the Year: Janet Weiland
District 89 Educator of the Year: Sue Halvax
District 87 Educator of the Year: Ryan Crissey
Library Employee of the Year: Kathy Hollahan
Youth of the Year: Catherine Trant
Park District Volunteer of the Year: Brendan Cavanagh
Firefighter of the Year: Clara Doran
Paul Herwaldt Senior Citizen of the Year: Pat O'Leary
Village Employee of the Year: Chris Pekarek
Nonprofit of the Year: Re:new Project
Restaurant of the Year: Glen Prairie Local Flavor Fine Food and Drink
Retail Business of the Year: Edie Boutique
Service Industry Business of the Year: Glen Ellyn Bank and Trust