Citing his strong leadership skills and unwavering support for Columbus residents, the St. Stephen’s Community House, on the city’s east side, has named Columbus City Council President Michael C. Mentel the winner of the 2008 John Maloney Leadership Award.
“St. Stephen’s Community House helps educate children, feed families and train workers. It is the kind of place that all Columbus residents can be proud of. It is an honor to be recognized by them and have my name associated with Mr. Maloney,” said Mentel.
The John Maloney Leadership Award was established in 1989 by the Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s Community House and is given to a deserving member of the Columbus community who demonstrates a similar level of leadership Mr. Maloney provided the city in his personal and civic endeavors.
According to St. Stephen’s, Maloney believed that “by helping people lead normal, productive lives, the stresses and tensions of daily life can be overcome.”
During his tenure on Columbus City Council, Mentel has worked to provide for the public’s safety and build stronger neighborhoods while providing help and hope to those on the fringes of society.
Most recently, Mentel and Mayor Michael Coleman created the cabinet level position of Advocate for the Homeless and Social Services, to help Columbus residents improve their lives.
“It takes vision and love for a city council president to lead the city in some of the toughest economic times,” said Michelle Mills, President/CEO of St. Stephen’s House. “Mike has vision and leadership as John had the vision for St. Stephens that allows us to keep brightening lives.”
President Mentel was presented the John R. Maloney Leadership Award during the annual St. Stephen’s Community House banquet and fundraiser held Saturday, July 12 at the Wexner Party Barn.