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Debbie Isabell Nelson to Receive Volunteer Recognition Award
St. Louis County will present a Volunteer Recognition Award to Debbie Isabell Nelson of Duluth, on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 9:30 AM at the Duluth Courthouse as part of its regular St. Louis County Board meeting. Third District Commissioner Bill Kron will present the St. Louis County Volunteer Recognition Award to Debbie Isabell Nelson.
Ms. Nelson is married to Carl Nelson, and has two sons, Peter (Diane) and Joshua (Maureen), three “bonus” children (Kate, Eric and Scott), and five grand children (Ali, Lydia, AJ, Karou, and Olivia). She was born and raised in Lincoln Park neighborhoods.
Since her teenage years when she was the first President of the Harrison Community Club Teen Board, Debbie Isabell Nelson has always been part of her neighborhood and community. Even as a teen, she developed the ability to recognize people’s needs and also the ability to mobilize people to deal with those needs.
Debbie Isabell Nelson served as President of the Morgan Park Community Club, striving to keep the club a growing, living entity and an active partner with the City and the decisions made that affect Morgan Park. For example, Debbie and the Morgan Park Sewer Task Force were the catalyst in the City’s decision to move ahead with the Morgan Park sewer/water project and to keep it funded with CDBG dollars.
Her leadership in bringing together diverse groups helped formulate the Morgan Park Beautification Project in 2006. Using the theme: Let’s Beautify Morgan Park One Flower at a Time, One Lawn at a Time, One Alley at a Time, One piece of Litter at a
Time - each month the residents took on another task.
Debbie Isabell Nelson is a constant and tireless promoter of Morgan Park and its residents. She has a vast network of friends, acquaintances, and connections, and doesn’t hesitate to use any or all of them to call in any favors she can to ask for things to help Morgan Park and her vision for this community and its residents.
Debbie Isabell Nelson Accomplishments:
Neighborhood Coordinator – NHS Duluth: 2006 – present
Retired – Debbie’s Day Care: 1980 – 2003
Co-President of the Morgan Park-Smithville Community Club 2000-present
Active in Morgan Park Citizen Patrol
Morgan Park-Smithville Community Picnic Chair
Morgan Park Sewer Task Force Chair
District #1 Neighborhood Comp Plan Co-Chair
Community Cleanup Volunteer
District #1 Breakfast with Santa Co-Chair
Started Morgan Park Beautification Project - 2006
Brought together City organizations, agencies and groups to work with Morgan Park
Organized first Morgan Park landlord meeting
Working with US Steel to bring historical artifact to Morgan Park
Organizing community volunteers to paint privately owned storage units on 88th
Organizing Morgan Park Exhibit in cooperation with Morgan Park Middle School
First Morgan Park Flower Fest with Neighborhood Housing Services 2006 – Chair
Coordinated “Bob Stoner Memorial Garden” project - 2006
WDSE Corporation Board of Directors – 2006 - present
SOAR Career Solutions Marketing Committee
Salvation Army Holiday Toy Distribution Volunteer
NHS Duluth Board of Directors & Community Relations Committee - 2006
Member of Art of Peace Choir: 2003-2006
City of Duluth Election Judge: 2003 - present
Grandmothers for Peace: 1997 – present
Hope & Education for Loving Parents (HELP): 1994-1997
Coordinator-Facilitator. Radio Talk Show – Dear Hope. Grant Writer
Duluth Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC) 1988-2003
Past Co-President. Conference Chair. Grant Writer.
Professional Providers of Duluth (PPD): 1980 – 1990
Co-Founder. Past President.
President of Harrison Community Club’s 1 st Community Teen Board: 1966 (41 years ago!)