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The Chinese Association of Iowa’s Iowa Chinese Achievement Award Selection Committee now accepts the nominations for the 2010 Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards.  The nomination forms should be sent to IowaChinese@yahoo.com before or on Dec. 1, 2010.

As a major community organization, Chinese Association of Iowa believes that it is essential to identify and honor "role models" who can inspire all of us, especially the younger generation. 

With so many community events and programs, there has never been a more important time to recognize the contributions made by businesses, organizations and volunteers in communities across the State of Iowa and overseas who give their time and energy to support our community.

Previous award winners have all been excellent examples of the leadership and volunteer spirit celebrated through the awards.  From the oldest member to the youngest, these individuals, businesses, organizations have demonstrated generosity and a strong commitment to improve the well-being of our communities through their leadership, volunteerism, and sacrifice.

Award Reception, New Year Dinner and Award Ceremony

With each award, The Chinese Association of Iowa publicly affirms present achievements, seeks to encourage further work on the part of the recipients, and hopes to motivate others to follow their lead in service to Iowa communities. The award ceremony will be held at the annual Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards Ceremony at DMACC, Ankeny, Iowa, Saturday, 5:00-8:00pm, Saturday Feb. 5, 2010. The ceremony, reception and the New Year dinner for the award winners, their families, sponsors and community members will feature a keynote speaker, Chinese traditional music and demonstrations..  The ticket will be $25 for the award reception, ceremony, and New Year dinner. 

 

The 2010 Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards Nominations

The Dr. David Jiajian Wang Award for Humanity is the Chinese Association of Iowa’s most prestigious honor.  In the past, the association has select individuals or group among the top echelon of extraordinary contributors to society in our generation to recognize their distinguished humanity impact to the State of Iowa. Governor Robert Ray,  Kemin Industries, Eric Idehen are the only three honorees since the award was established. 

On August 17, 2002, Dr. David Jiajian Wang, a native of China’s Hainan Island and a dentist graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, sacrificed his life when he tried to save a boy at Lake Panorama, Panora. 

In October 2002 Dr. David Wang received the Person of the Year from the Iowa Asian Alliance for his professional achievement, business development, his service to under-  privileged people and his sacrifice for others.  On August 17, 2003, a year after Dr. David Wang’s sacrifice, the Chinese Association of Iowa presented the Iowa Hero Award to Dr. David Wang’s mother and sister in recognition of their proud son and brother’s heroic actions for saving other’s life.

Five years after David Wang’s sacrificed his life for others, the Chinese Association of Iowa established the David Jiajian Wang Award for Humanity to honor his great achievement and sacrifice for State of Iowa communities.  At the Chinese Association of Iowa’s 20th Anniversary celebration in 2007, this award was presented to Governor Robert D. Ray for his great contribution as the first governor who reached out and helped the humanitarian resettlement of the Southeast Asian people to Iowa after the Vietnam War in mid-1970’s.  Grace Wang, Dr. Jiajian Wang’s former wife, Cassie Wang, Dr. Jiajian Wang’s daughter, and the Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro co-presented the award to Governor Ray. Governor Ray’s visionary act of compassion established Iowa as a welcoming place for refugees and immigrants of Asian decent.  Governor Ray also played a leading role in opening U.S. relation with China.  In addition he initialized Iowa’s Sister States relationship with China’s Hebei Province in the early 1980’s.

In March 2009, Dr. David Wang Memorial One Half Marathon Foundation was established in Panora, the Foundation has hosted twice events of the annual Dr. David Wang Memorial Half Marathon since 2009.

The Outstanding Contributor Award is dedicated to individuals and organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution to State of Iowa and beyond.

Person of the Year is dedicated to celebrating individuals for their distinguished involvement and contribution in the Iowa Chinese community.

The Corporate Leadership Award is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing corporations or individuals in the corporate sector who exemplify not only excellence in their profession, but also leadership and commitment in their respective communities, and to the existing corporate culture of diversity initiatives.

 

The Media Leadership Award is designed for excellence in culture, lifestyle, arts, and in recognition of coverage that most accurately depicts immigration, immigrants, diversity, and international issues.  Content designed to preserve and present cultural heritage in line with the challenges of the future; demonstrating valuable cultural assets clearly and informatively using state-of-the-art technology.  It includes content which promotes, explains or documents international cultural activities or concepts. This award is dedicated to those who most effectively captured the essence of a major issue in global and local community diversity and conveyed it to a broad audience.  This award recognizes the vital role played by the media in informing the public, as well as decision-makers, and seeks through this award to highlight the important contributions to understanding and action made by the winner of the award.  Selection of the award recipient is based on the quality of the reporting as well as its wide reach among readers and viewers.

The Community Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations whose leadership has made a significant impact in Iowa communities.  The Community Leadership Awards showcase individual or organizational excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration of others.

Community Business Awards is dedicated for companies that are helping to tackle deprivation and create sustainable, dynamic and inclusive communities.  It is also for individuals whose leadership and commitment to responsible business has resulted in changes and improvements inside their own company and who have also inspired other organizations to take action.

Education Agency of the Year is dedicated to the schools or school districts that have demonstrated exemplary practices or programs in one or more of the following areas:
- Curriculum development, staff development, or administrative practices to improve or provide more equitable educational opportunities for children and youth;
- Enhancement of communications within and among local school districts for ethnic groups;
- Promotion and development of state and regional delivery systems which bring about creative, efficient and effective education for diversity and international understanding.

Government Agency of the Year is to recognize the extraordinary work of municipal,
county, and state in the State of Iowa, those organizations that have provided the highest level of leadership; for projects and partnerships that raise the bar as to what is possible; for jurisdictions that provide a level of excellence, expertise and service in local government for all to emulate. They have demonstrated exemplary practices or programs in one or more of the following areas:
- Unique achievements in the creation and implementation of exemplary government programs or projects and exceptional public sector contributions for diversity and international exchanges.
- Cooperative efforts between local government jurisdictions or agencies and private or non-profit organizations resulting in positive changes in the community.
Non-profit Organization of the Year is dedicated to recognize nonprofit organizations committed to strategic planning and cultivating local cultural, education, business, and community development.

Volunteers of the Year are dedicated for those who lead a life of volunteerism and making a difference in the communities in which they live and work.  The nominations will be judged based on their involvement, impact to the organization and the value of
their work to the community.

Artist of the Year is open to all artists of all abilities from beginner to professional, youth to adults and is dedicated to the volunteer professional artists to work with the Chinese Association of Iowa to creatively communicate their social messages through art. 

Cultural Ambassador of the Year is dedicated to an individual who with countless volunteer hours, commitment and willingness and has made a positive impact on the Iowa Chinese community cultural programs.  Through their actions and goodwill this person truly embodies the ambassador spirit. 

Youth Leadership Award is to honor extraordinary young people for their character and leadership.  The award recognizes youth under 22 years of age on Jan. 1st, 2011 who strive to be their personal best, make a positive difference in their schools, youth groups, and communities, and show outstanding qualities in servant leadership

Youth of the Year recognizes the young people who serve and make a difference in our community, they will be honored for their selfless acts and character development. Youths who are attending or have attended a high school or secondary school or equivalent standard of school in any other educational establishment, must be under 19 years of age on Jan. 1st, 2011. 

 

The Past Iowa Chinese Achievement Award Honorees
(2003-2009)

The 2009 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Dr. David Jiajian Wang Award for Humanity
Eric Idehen, Wells Fargo

The Outstanding Contributor Award
Flying Tigers - The American Volunteer Group (AVG)

Person of the Year
Cyndi Chen, Des Moines

The Corporate Leadership Award
Faegre & Benson LLP

The Media Leadership Award
Erin Kiernan, WHOTV

The Community Leadership Award
Will Zhang, Ankeny

The Community Business of the Year
C & L Company

Education Agency of the Year
Drake University Chinese Cultural Exchange Program

Government Agency of the Year
Des Moines Police Department

Non-profit Organization of the Year
Iowa Council for International Understanding

Volunteers of the Year
Bob Petersen, Des Moines
Jian Jin, Ames
Joy Tan, Johnston

Artist of the Year
Grace Yang

Cultural Ambassador of the Year
Bethany Allison

Youth Leadership Award
Mary Feng, Johnston

Youth of the Year
Lisa Thai, Windsor Heights
Vanessa Au, West Des Moines
Jasmine Au, West Des Moines
Jessica Au, West Des Moines

The 2008 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Dr. David Jiajian Wang Award for Humanity
Kemin Industries

Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael Earley, President of Bankers Trust

Person of the Year
Ashley Xing Lan, West Des Moines

The Outstanding Contributor Award
Shawn Johnson

The Corporate Leadership
RDG Planning and Design

The Media Leadership Award
China Tribune

The Community Leadership Award
Tim Melin, Iowa Realty

Community Business of the Year
Panda Garden, Ankeny

Education Agency of the Year
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

Government Agency of the Year
City of Des Moines

Non-profit Organization of the Year
Iowa Chinese Language School

Volunteers of the Year
Wai Cheng, West Des Moines,
Tu Thai, Windsor Heights

Artist of the Year
Guolin Zhou

Cultural Ambassador of the Year
Don Walth, Eagle Claw Chinese Martial Art School;
West Des Moines Community School District

Youth Leadership Award
Alice Yang, Valley High School, West Des Moines

Youth of the Year
Alick Feng, Valley High School, West Des Moines
Ty Hennings, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines
Mary Feng, Johnston High School, Johnston
Kevin Hu, Johnston High School, Johnston
Stenstone Huang, Pella High School, Pella
Steven Huang, Walter Payton College Pre. High School, Chicago
Minmin Qin, Johnston High School, Johnston
Alice Pestotnik, Valley High School, West Des Moines
David Xu, Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

The 2007 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Lifetime Achievement Award
RW Nelson, the Founder and Chairman of Kemin Industries

Person of the Year
Yongmei Zhou, West Des Moines

The Outstanding Contributor Award
Chow's Gymnastics & Dance Institute
State of Washington Former Governor Gary Locke

The Corporate Leadership
Nationwide

The Media Leadership Award
Iowa Public Television

The Community Leadership Award
See Rodari, Vice President of Bankers Trust
Iowa State University Chinese Students and Scholars Friendship Association

Community Business of the Year
Green Yoga House

Education Agency of the Year
Waukee Community School District

Government Agency of the Year
Iowa Department of Economic Development

Non-profit Organization of the Year
NAACP Des Moines Branch

Family of the Year
Family of Ke Wan, Liying Xu, and Dihao Wang, Urbandale

Volunteers of the Year
Feng Li, Urbandale,
Lance Mascaro, Des Moines,
Xiang Yang, Des Moines,

Artist of the Year
Joesten Zhou, Johnson.

Senior Citizen of the Year
Lianfang Xu, Johnston

Goodwill Ambassador of the Year
Lorna Davros, Executive Assistant of Des Moines City Mayor

Youth of the Year
Jingjing Han, Valley High School at West Des Moines
Kaite Hennings, Johnston High School
Wan Wang, Des Moines Christian School at Urbandale
Kevin Shi, Johnston High School
Alice Xu, Valley High School at West Des Moines

The Chinese Association of Iowa 20th Anniversary (1987-2007) Award Honorees

The David Jiajian Wang Award for Humanity
State of Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray

The David Lee Founder’s Award
G. David Hurd, Des Moines

The International Business Leadership Award
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

The Leadership in Diversity Award
Bankers Trust Company

The Outstanding Media Award
Des Moines Register

The Chinese Community Contributor Award
Wei Du, West Des Moines
Grace Wang, Urbandale
Grace Yang, Des Moines

The 2006 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Person of the Year
Helen Lee, West Des Moines

Outstanding Contributor Award
State of Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsack

The Corporate Leadership Award
Wells Fargo

Community Leadership Award
Hilda Wolle, West Des Moines

Educational Agency of the Year
Ankeny Community School District

Government Agency of the Year
Iowa Finance Authority

Non-profit Organization of the Year
Gift of Love International Adoptions, Inc.

Community Business of the Year
Community CPA and Associates, Inc.

Volunteers of the Year
Jian Gong, Ames
Shannon Haus, Ankney
Yong Huang, Des Moines
Binfang Li, Des Moines
Na Li, Ames

Goodwill Ambassador of the Year
Gil Caldwell III, Monroe

Family of the Year
The Ye Family (Tianxiang Ye, Jingwen Ming and Annie Ye), West Des Moines 

Senior Citizens of the Year
Frank Affannato, Des Moines
Fuyi Qiao, West Des Moines
William Wei, Urbandale

Youth of the Year
Kimi Nelson, Dowling High School
Jean Xie, Ankeny High School
Kevin Zhou, Valley High School
Peige Zhou, Valley High School 

The 2005 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Person of the Year
Hugh Lu, Johnsoton

The Corporate Leadership Award
Dean Oestreich, President of Pioneer Hi-Bred International

Family of the Year
The Hofferber Family (Fred, Barb, Leeann, Kerry, and Colin), Des Moines

Volunteers of the Year
Lei Dong, Ames
Scott Yinzhi Zhao, Johnston

Youth of the Year
Justin Guan, Valley High School
Hanna Wolle, Valley High School

The 2004 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Person of the Year
Frank Zhang, West Des Moines

The Corporate Leadership Award
Micheal Earley, President of Bankers Trust

Volunteers of the Year
Yulan Shen, Ames
Grace Yang, Des Moines

Youth of the Year
Annie Ye, Valley High School

The 2003 Annual Iowa Chinese Award Honorees

Persons of the Year
Dr. Jianlin Zhai and Xiaoyan Shen, West Des Moines

 

 

 

 

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