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NBLC Announces "Leaders of the North Bay" 2011 Honorees

Petaluma, CA— North Bay Leadership Council announces the five honorees for their annual Leaders of the North Bay Awards, designed to celebrate individuals and organizations from the region that have been positive catalysts for change.   The award recipients will be honored at an October 28 luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel, Rohnert Park. Father Greg Boyle, one of the nation’s foremost leaders in gang prevention/intervention, winner of the California Peace Prize and best-selling author of Tattoos on the Heart, will deliver the keynote speech.

The 2011 Honorees of Leaders of the North Bay Awards are:


  • Caught in the Act of Leadership, Individual Excellence in Leadership:

Linda Conklin, Kid Street Learning Center

  • We’re All in this Together, Community Building: 

Neighborhood Care Staff, St. Joseph’s Health System – Sonoma County

  • Paint the Community Green, Environmental Stewardship:

William C. (Bill) Long: Open Space, Trails and Wastewater Recycling Environmental Leader

  • The “Light Bulb” Went On,Innovative/Entrepreneurial Spirit:

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

  • Empowering the Latino Community, Leadership within the Latino Community:

Berta Campos-Anicetti, Novato Youth Center

The honorees wll receive their awards at a luncheon featuring an inspirational speech by Fr. Boyle.  For over two decades, he has led Homeboy Industries,the largest gang intervention program in the country.  In Tattoos on the Heart, Fr. Greg recounts his experiences building relationships and working with these young people.  “Over the years, I have learned so much about hope, love and respect from the homeboys and homegirls that come through our door every day,” said Boyle.  “Every day it’s a privilege.  Hilarity and heartache and intractable heartache after intractable heartache – I find the whole thing energizing.  Not something that I need to escape”


Thhee h e at the Doubletree Hotel, Rohnert Park,on Friday, October 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight.  Tickets will go on sale in September.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact

























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