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Tahoe-Truckee advocates honored with annual awards

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From left: Sean McAlindin, Denny Lott, Edie Lott and Andy Hill.
Courtesy CCTT |

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee recently honored Denny and Edie Lott, Sean McAlindin, and Andy Hill for their outstanding community service with a trio of awards.

The CCTT Public Service Award of Excellence recognizes one stand-out who goes above and beyond in his or her daily work with clients.

Nominated for his caring support of each of the students he works with and for his efforts to collaborate with the schools and community, the 2014 Public Service Award of Excellence was given to Sean McAlindin.

Sean has made life-changing differences with many of the students he works with and continuously goes above and beyond to ensure youth are supported.

Sean is the Program Coordinator for Adventure Risk Challenge, a scholarship-based literacy and leadership program created in Tahoe-Truckee.

He is a certified English teacher and outdoor educator who loves sharing his love of nature with others.

Aside from his educational and outdoor pursuits, Sean is an active musician in the community and an instructor at Tahoe Truckee School of Music.

Sean grew up in Connecticut and, after many travels and adventures, arrived in Truckee last year. He feels blessed to have found a way to combine his work with passions and make a difference in the lives of people in his community.

The Chris Ballin Award honors those who advocate for cultural competency, equality and social justice in our community.

Chris Ballin is remembered as the founding and long-time Director of La Comunidad Unida (The United Community) formed in response to growing racial tension on the North Shore during early waves of Latino migration to the area in the 1980s.

Chris was an enthusiastic collaborator who had creative ideas, experience, and knowledge for working with communities and those in need.

Nominated for their embodiment of local and global social justice in their vast volunteer work, the 2014 Chris Ballin Award was presented to Edie and Denny Lott.

Edie and Denny bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to the collaborative table, embodying social justice in their volunteer work with Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church, the African Bazaar and Fair Trade Gift Fair, and the Ski for Light program that gives blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to cross-country ski.

As retired public school teachers, they saw first-hand the effects of poverty in their students, inspiring them to dedicate their volunteer time to social justice issues.

Edie is Social Justice and Outreach team Leader for the Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian Church, and both she and Denny have mentored many youth, providing a stable and solid presence for those in need.

They are described by their colleagues as “shining with love and compassion.”

The CCTT Partner of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding collaboration in our community.

Nominated for his visionary work, proactive and strong support of youth services, and bringing a unique perspective to the collaborative table, the 2014 CCTT Partner of the Year Award went to Andy Hill.

Andy grew up in England and has been in the USA since 1992. He is the Director of For Goodness Sake, which opened in 2006 to offer a welcoming place for anyone to explore diverse spiritual teachings, workshops and meditation.

At For Goodness Sake, Andy was instrumental in opening and staffing the Teen Wellness Center at TTUSD, beginning Peace Day and also partners with many community groups to help make Truckee and North Lake Tahoe a wonderful place for all.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. Visit communitycollaborative.org to learn more.