By Karrie Beck
To honor Women’s History Month during the month of March, Blue Water Healthy Living will be featuring positive wave-making women of the Blue Water Area.
Our first feature story takes a closer look at Blue Water Woman of the Year, Therese Damman, Principal at Avoca Elementary. My family was fortunate enough to be a part of the family-like setting at Avoca Elementary. Mrs. Damman created such a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the students and parents of her school. Her humble persona and positive approach to life, in addition to all that she has accomplished, truly define why she has been honored for this award.
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I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Therese and learn a little more about this devoted lady. As a marathon runner and Half Marathon Committee member, Therese says her greatest achievement is her strive to find a healthy balance in life, including the people and things that are important to her. “God, family and friends, career, volunteering, and Marathon running.” As a member of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County-Women’s Initiative Steering Committee, and the Uniform Committee for the Marysville Viking Regiment, she certainly doesn’t shy away from a challenge. When asked about living in the Blue Water Area, she says she truly appreciates the beautiful summer months and all they have to offer.
She and her husband both love to golf, and in 2016, her family became boaters. She loves Michigan’s four seasons and enjoys having the opportunity to run near such a beautiful waterfront. She loves working in the Awake Café as a member of the greeting team at the River Church.
Therese is one undoubtedly positive and inspiring woman. When I first asked her about being named Blue Water Woman of the Year her response was so heartfelt. “…I couldn’t imagine why, when I know so many amazing women who I feel are certainly more deserving.”
“I feel so blessed to have been just one small part of some wonderful groups and initiatives in the community, and never could have been dedicated to them without the unwavering support of my extraordinary family and friends.” Therese Damman is a remarkable person and the Blue Water Area is fortunate to have such strong representation around our community. I encourage you to read more on her partnership efforts with the Community Foundation and the impact it has had on Avoca Elementary.
The sixth annual Blue Water Woman of the Year Awards sponsored by Blue Water Woman magazine highlighted five of the areas brightest and best from varied backgrounds and fields.
♦ Blue Water Woman of the Year, Therese Damman, Principal at Avoca Elementary
♦ Blue Water Woman Nonprofit Manager of Year, Sallie Smith, Vocational Coordinator for Touchstone Services, Inc.
♦ Blue Water Women Educator of the Year, Brenda Tenniswood, Director of Education Services, St. Clair County RESA
♦ Blue Water Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Rhonda Jones, Owner, Happy Dog Yoga Studio
♦ Blue Water Woman Executive Professional of the Year, Denise Dencklau, McLaren, Port Huron
Their accomplishments and dedication to their respective fields proudly represent the Blue Water Area. We thank Blue Water Woman magazine for recognizing these terrific ladies.
Oftentimes people go unnoticed for the positive waves they have made that greatly impact our lives. If you have someone in mind that you would like us to recognize, we encourage you to share their name and story with us! email@example.com