Olathe & Southwest Joco

Olathe honors community human rights leaders

The Kansas City Star

Nine Olathe businesses, organizations and individuals have been honored for their contributions to the advancement of human rights in the community.

The “Community Awards” were recently presented by the city’s Human Relations Commission and Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board.

The award winners:

▪ Humanitarian awards: Bob Drummond and Kristen Willingham.

Drummond was recognized for his dedication to “autism treament, community service and increasing opportunities for students,” a news release said.Willingham “mobilized church membes and relocated her family to Olathe to better serve children and families within Olathe’s urban core.”

▪ Educator award: Katie Chiaverini, , Westview Elementary School teacher, who started a book club to promote bilingual literacy and leadership opportunities for immigrant students and families.

▪ Youth award: Litzi Bautista, a sixth-grade fundraising leader who worked with teachers and the community to secure $10,000 for her school’s bilingual book club.

▪ Accessible awards: Bob Cantin, a regional and statewide disability advocate; and Lon Davis, owner of Walkin’ and Rollin’ Costumes, which provides no-cost Halloween and special occasion costumes for children in wheelchairs and walkers.

▪ Chairman’s award: Kim Kramer, former Olathe Human Relations commissioner, small business owner and community volunteer “who has been a catalyst for inclusive arts and diversity programs” with the city of Olathe, the news release said.

Organizations: Olathe Latino Coalition and Garmin GPS Vets.

The coalition is a regional leader in providing “bilingual resources to engage, celebrate and create opportunities for Latino residents.” Garmin GPS Vets is an employee-led business group of former service members that offers fundraising support for “current service members and those transitioning back to civilian life.”