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Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce bestows Iris Award on 5 women

Ceremony held to honor volunteer efforts and community leadership

By , Columbian Innovation Editor
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The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce honored five women with the Iris Award for their contributions and dedication to the community during a ceremony on Tuesday.

The honorees were Cyndi Holloway, Ali Migaki, Dr. Megan Chono Dudley, Jeanne Bennett and Lisa Gibert. This was the 37th year of the event, held to commemorate National Women’s History Month, to recognize International Women’s Day, and to honor volunteer efforts and community leadership of women in Clark County, according to the chamber.

Holloway, the governmental and community affairs director at Waste Connections, won the award for “providing support to nonprofit organizations in Clark County,” according to a chamber news release. “Her days are filled with countless requests for volunteering, fundraising, and developing programs to help our community.”

Migaki, the senior vice president and chief retail officer at iQ Credit Union, “has influenced so many people along her 25 years at iQ Credit Union,” the news release stated. “She embodies people helping people at its core. Passionate about making a positive impact on the community, she regularly volunteers for boards and committees.”

Chono Dudley, pediatrics specialist at Kaiser Permanente, “is creating community in Ridgefield, being the catalyst for the Meaningful Movies Project and the Ridgefield Multicultural Festival. Both events ensure that everyone feels like a welcomed part of the Ridgefield community,” the news release stated.

Bennett, chair of the board of directors at Columbia Play Project, “always seems to go above and beyond for our community. She leads with grace and love, and models a top-notch work ethic. She spent her career working in government, education, and workforce development, and now has been occupied with another of her passions volunteering with several organizations and consulting with nonprofits,” the news release stated.

Gibert, CEO of the Clark College Foundation, is recognized as one of the leading fundraising executives in the country. She has announced plans to retire. “Under her leadership for the past 16 years, Clark College Foundation has quadrupled the number of scholarships provided to Clark students,” according to the news release. “Prior to her work with the foundation, Gibert’s career spanned commercial banking, hospitality, and public accounting.”

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