Two Clark County women known for their deep involvement in the community have been announced as winners of the 2016 Iris Awards: Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Katherine Garrett. The Iris Awards, honoring women in Southwest Washington who exhibit leadership and serve their communities, will be given at 6 p.m. March 9 at Clark College.
McEnerny-Ogle is a member of the Vancouver City Council. She previously spent 30 years as an educator, where she received the Milken Foundation Educator Award and was chosen as Oregon Math Teacher of the Year. In addition to her time spent on the Vancouver City Council, McEnerny-Ogle also serves on the C-Tran Board of Directors, is a member of the Regional Transportation Council Board of Directors, and the vice-chair of the Clark County Historical Museum. Anne is also the chair for the Fort Vancouver District for the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, she is involved in local politics, working with the League of Women Voters, and serves on the Community Military Appreciation Committee.
Garrett has spent the last 14 years working with Share, a Vancouver nonprofit serving the homeless. She spent the last nine years leading the Share House and Outreach programs.
Recently, Garrett became the Housing First Program Director at Lincoln Place for chronically homeless individuals. Garrett has been a passionate advocate for the homeless community and works with the Safety Committee of Vancouver’s Downtown Association to resolve issues between local businesses and the homeless, and helps inform city leaders on policy decisions regarding the homeless population of Southwest Washington.
For the first time, a third award will be presented as part of the Iris Awards: The Legacy Award honors a past Iris Award or Women of Achievement winner who continues to exhibit leadership and inspire her community. The Legacy Award winner has yet to be announced.