Citizen of the YearHonoring outstanding contributions in the Gateway community!
Citizen of the Year Award
Since 2001, the Citizen of the Year annual award has honored outstanding contributions in the Gateway community. The recipient demonstrates commitment to the community, advancing its commercial, economic, financial, industrial, safety and civic interests.
They meet and cooperate with governmental agencies on matters of concern to business and support area Neighborhood Associations and groups. They are outstanding supporters of Gateway Area Business Association (GABA) and the community.
Previous Gateway Citizens of the Year are: Jane Baker, Mary Doherty and Carolyn Schell, Michael Wieseman, Cliff Jensen, Iris Newhouse, Jacob Mosbrucker, Fred Sanchez, Barbara Rommel, Jeff Merkley, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association, Amanda Fritz, Michael Gallagher and Friends of Gateway Green.
GABA’s Time Honored Tradition Continues in 2015
Congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Karen Fischer Gray!
The Gateway Area Business Association has overwhelmingly nominated Dr. Karen Fischer Gray as Gateway’s 2015 Citizen of the Year. The award will be presented at the First Responder’s Tribute / Business Fair event on Sept 10th, 2015. The program begins at 5:30pm and the Citizen of the Year award ceremony will appear on the program at about 7pm!
Dr. Karen Fischer Gray has been serving the Portland community for some time, and has 32 years in education. Karen has been a steadfast advocate and voice for East Portland students and their families. Under Karen’s leadership, Parkrose School District helped students increase their test scores, built a LEED-certified beautiful new middle school, and adapted in order to better welcome Parkrose’s diverse families. Parkrose not only offers personal meetings, tailored to the specific cultural needs of students and their families, but the school district has also served as a center for vibrant cultural events in the community. Dr Gray was also the winner of a 2014 Spirit of Portland Award.
Read more and contact Dr Gray at the Parkrose School District website.
A long time supporter of the community and GABA, we smiled when we found a photo of Dr. Gray giving the Citizen of the Year award to Commissioner Amanda Fritz in 2011.
2014 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
– David Douglas Superintendent Don Cotting
At Gateway Area Business Association’s September meeting, Superintendent Don Grotting was honored as 2014 Gateway Citizen of the Year. He has served David Douglas School District since 2010. Grotting believes that all students, regardless of ethnicity or poverty, can and will succeed. David Douglas is a diverse school district. More than 70 languages are spoken by students as their first language; a majority of students are either an ethnic minority or first spoke a language other than English; and more than 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. For Grotting, these all represent opportunities, not obstacles. When Assistant Superintendent Dan Richardson and Don’s wife, Lisa were asked for gift suggestions, they said he’d appreciate contributions to the “DD Shoes for Students” drive. Rather than an engraved clock, a restaurant gift card or something personal, they knew Don would want something useful for his kids. Such an attitude typifies the Superintendent’s caring character. The District office staff collects shoes for kids who might need an upgrade and GABA came onboard, collecting more than $2500 in donations of cash and gift cards.
2013 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Friends of Gateway Green
GABA (Gateway Area Business Association) has selected Friends of Gateway Green as the winner of the thirteenth annual Gateway Citizen of the Year Award! The volunteer Board members at Friends of Gateway Green (Linda Robinson, Tom Archer, Ted Gilbert, Jim Labbe, Jeff Shindler and Will Heiberg) were chosen because they epitomize a great partnership between business interests and neighborhood activists. The Gateway Green project, a proposed park on the property between the I-205 and I-84 interstate highways near the base of Rocky Butte, started as a grassroots effort by a few citizens nearly eight years ago. As the project has developed, the Friends group has formed partnerships with more than 40 organizations — government, nonprofits and the private sector. Gateway Green is intended to provide much-needed open space and recreation in a part of Portland documented to be park deficient. Supporters also believe this park will aid in developing a strong sense of place and identity for East Portland and help spur economic development in the area. Please follow along as this project has made huge strides recently!
Former Gateway Citizens of the Year
2017 Fred Sanchez
2015 Dr. Karen Fischer Gray
2014 Don Cotting
2013 Friends of Gateway Green
2012 Michael Gallagher
2011 Amanda Fritz
2010 Hazelwood Neighborhood Association
2009 Jeff Merkley
2007 Fred Sanchez
2008 Barbara Rommel
2006 Jacob Mosbrucker
2005 Iris Newhouse
2004 Cliff Jensen
2003 Michael Wieseman
2002 Mary Doherty & Carolyn Schell
2001 Jane Baker