VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver is accepting nominations for the annual Community Awards of Distinction. The awards will be presented to community members or organizations in two categories: Community Partnership and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Any member of the community may submit a nomination.

The award for Community Partnership will be given to an individual or organization whose leadership has made a significant impact on the community. The recipient will have demonstrated commitment to community partnerships, prosperity, vitality and overall well-being within WSU Vancouver’s region—Southwest Washington and the greater Portland metropolitan geographic areas. The nomination form encourages you to elaborate on the following: value to community, length of service, sustainability of effort/impact, leadership and collaboration.

The award for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will be given to an individual or organization whose exceptional achievement has broadly impacted equity, diversity and inclusion within WSU Vancouver’s region. The nomination form encourages you to elaborate on the following: value to community, length of service/effort, long-term sustainability of achievement, breadth of reach, advocacy and impact.

Nomination forms may be entered electronically or downloaded from www.vancouver.wsu.edu/community then click “Community Award of Distinction.” The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Aug. 19. Questions may be directed to Lisa Abrahamsson at 360-546-9600.

Award winners will be selected by a committee of WSU Vancouver staff, faculty and community members. The awards will be presented at Washington State University Vancouver’s Scholarship and Service Dinner on Oct. 12.

The 2010 Community Award of Distinction for Community Partnership was presented to Peggy Hays for her service to the children of our community. As spearhead of the Family-to-Family program for the Division of Children and Family Services, Hays works to bring together churches, schools, and private and nonprofit agencies to serve the needs of children and families.

The 2010 Community Award for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion was presented to YWCA Clark County for its longstanding history of serving marginalized individuals in our community. The 94 year-old organization serves more than 11,000 community members each year through various advocacy, educational and outreach programs, services and events.