Jami Sherwood at Rick Redniss' office after she was ambushed with the news that she is the 2012 Stamford Citizen of the Year (staff photo)
On behalf of the City of Stamford, the Jewish War Veterans Fred Robbins Post 142 is pleased to announce the selection of Jami Sherwood as the 2012 City of Stamford Citizen
of the Year (COTY).
The news was out this morning after the traditional ambush of the new receipient by members of the Stamford COTY committee and local community leaders.
Ms. Sherwood, who is the owner of the Springdale business Simply Signs, was recognized as “A person who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, has demonstrated a belief in interfaith harmony, possesses the highest standards of responsibility in civic life, has helped in the promotion of projects for the public welfare and who has personally worked with distinction to benefit Stamford on a community-wide basis” – the criteria for selection of one of Stamford’s most prestigious community service/volunteer awards.
“The selection committee praised Jami’s enthusiasm, energy and rare ability to excel both as a leader and as a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves-and-work’ volunteer. She has a real gift of being able to work with all personality types and is unflappable under pressure,” said Juanita James, chair of the COTY Selection Committee. “The breadth of organizations that she has helped consistently over many years is extraordinary. Jami is the most relied upon person in this city.”
Among the many organizations in Stamford that have been the beneficiaries of Ms. Sherwood’s talent, creativity and energy are Curtain Call, Downtown Special Services District, Hands For Life, Mill River Collaborative, Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center, St. Leo’s Church, and Stamford Museum & Nature Center. In addition to serving as the Board Chair for Curtain Call for the past seven years, Ms. Sherwood also has chaired its Dancing with the Stars committee. With DSSD, she has been involved with numerous events and activities for more than 13 years where her volunteer work has included organizing Stamford’s annual UBS Parade Spectacular and Alive@Five concert series. She also has been the event coordinator for the Big Apple Circus, the Bobby Valentine Celebrity event to benefit the Mickey Lione Jr. Foundation, Hands For Life and the Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center annual fundraising event.
Two upcoming events will celebrate the 2012 Citizen of the Year. The first is when Ms. Sherwood’s name plaque is added to those past recipients previously honored at Town Hall, and the second is the 68th annual Stamford Citizen of the Year dinner that will be held this coming May.