Five women named Iris Awards recipients

first_imgFive local women will receive the 2019 Iris Awards honoring women of achievement in concert with International Women’s Day, Clark College announced Thursday. The awards ceremony will be March 7, the eve of International Women’s Day, at the college’s Gaiser Student Center.The program began in 1985 as the Southwest Washington Women of Achievement Awards and was reintroduced as the Iris Awards in 2012.• Ann Fischer founded Healthy Equitable Living Project, a pantry at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, in 2013 when the local health department asked the church if it could help schools with families experiencing food insecurity. Fischer solicited donations from grocery stores and assisted five families. The pantry has since grown and now serves between 50 and 60 families from 14 different schools.“Fischer hand-selects many of the products that the pantry offers, with a focus on high-quality, nutritious and organic foods. It is not unusual for Fischer to remember individual patrons’ specific dietary needs, from vegan to gluten-free,” according to a news release from Clark College.She also created a breakfast club where families are served hot breakfast while they wait to shop at the pantry.• Stacey Graham has been president of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington since 2013 when she was tasked with increasing the nonprofit agency’s profile and animal save rate, as well as making the organization more financially sustainable. Under her leadership, the local Humane Society launched a five-year, $6 million capital campaign. Last year, it was named the best nonprofit in Clark County.Previously, Graham worked in the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Governor’s Office, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, and the former First Independent Bank.Her community service includes serving on the city council in her hometown of Stayton, Ore., being part of the giving circle Empower Women + Girls and serving on several nonprofit boards.last_img

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