Former Community Foundation President and CEO Peggy O'Shea is being recognized by the Oneida County branch of the NAACP.

O'Shea is being honored for her commitment to education in the Mohawk Valley area, where for the last decade she has helped local students gradate high school and prepare for college.

"In my opinion, Peggy has been very responsive in regard to the NAACP," said Dietra Harvey, local NAACP branch president. "Whenever we've had membership functions, she's been supportive. She's very tuned-in to advocacy. She has a special commitment to education in our community and that is an area that is very important to us."

She was also honored with the Dream maker award from On Point For College for her commitment to providing access to college for area residents.

"We know that access to education for all residents is key to our area's success," said O'Shea. "I, personally, know the power of education as I was the first in my immediate family to receive a bachelor's degree. I also am personally passionate about providing equal opportunity to all people. I am fortunate that in my time at The Foundation, our committees, the Board and staff, have been equally as passionate about these community issues."

O'Shea served as Community Foundation President from 2005 until this past December.

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