Congratulations to Mary Victor,
recipient of the 2014 Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award.
Mary is the executive director of
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills in Rapid City, SD.
She was nominated by Shannon Truax
of McKie Ford Lincoln. The following is an excerpt from
teaches leadership by example.
She seeks out
people on their level, so she can help raise them to the next
shares her experience and knowledge with everyone and has spent
her life helping women and families.
She serves on
the committee which created a local program called the
Women’s Community Leadership Initiative. When grant
funding ran out, she stepped up and offered to run the program
under BBBS and helped utilize resources to generate community
support through donations to continue funding this exceptional
implement an increased level of support by matching professional
women from within the community as personal mentors for each
woman who successfully completes the WCLI training. She then walked
her talk, by matching herself with a graduate.
I have personally
benefitted from her leadership in many ways. As a single
parent, I am grateful to the support of BBBS in matching my
children with mentors who continue to encourage and support them,
creating a lifelong bond with their “Bigs”.
As a graduate of WCLI
program, I have a personal appreciation for the lives she has
enriched through her efforts to make that program a success.
Recently I was able to put
that training and guidance into practice when I was asked to
return to WCLI as a presenter and mentor.
Mary retired from her position
as Executive Director of BBBS in November 2014, although she
will continue her volunteer work with WCLI. She is leaving
behind a legacy of caring, compassion and accomplishment.
We salute Mary, who
epitomizes the leadership qualities of vision, inspiring others,
grooming more leaders, and leading by example, just to name a
few. We also salute Shannon Truax for writing such a great
To Your Success,
P.S. For those who missed
the pun, "There's Something About Mary" was the title of a
movie starring Carmen Diaz and Ben Stiller.
P.S.S. The apostrophe will
not appear in "There's" in the headline for some recipients of
this newsletter. This is a technical problem one of the three
email service providers we use has with special characters, and
is a perfect example of how every job looks so much easier from
the outside looking in :-)
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