PLAINFIELD — Leadership Hendricks County celebrated 20 years of training leaders for the county at its annual meeting Thursday at the Duke Energy Event Center at Metropolis mall. The organization also presented 2013 awards, including naming Donovan Peoples as Leader of the Year.
Mike Rogers, 2012 Lead of the Year, made the presentation.
“He leads by example and is a true servant leader,” Rogers said. “He was the in Leadership Hendricks County class of 1999 and serves as a township trustee.”
Peoples said he was humbled by the award.
“I did think it was strange that my favorite granddaughter was here,” he said. “And yes, she’s my only granddaughter. My favorite daughter-in-law is here too.”
He said his participation in LHC has helped him create many good friends and that he appreciated the organization very much.
April Bordeau was given the Suzanne Whicker Distinguished Service Award. Former Hendricks Regional Health CEO Dennis Dawes presented the award to Bordeau.
“April was the second executive director of Sheltering Wings,” Dawes said. “After a few years away from the organization, the board invited her back to help with a capital fund drive to double the size of the facility to accommodate more women in need.”
He said she did a great job with the drive and was then asked to serve as the interim executive director while the board searched for its new leader.
“April has filled several leadership roles at Sheltering Wings,” Dawes said. “Her passion is to help youth.”
Bordeau was visibly surprised about the honor and thanked the organization for the award.
“I think when you are knit together to do something, you just do it,” she said. “I know that anything good in my life has come from Jesus Christ. I am grateful he gave me the opportunity to serve.”
The event also included speakers representing different classes from the organization’s past 20 years. Speaking from the first LHC class was Susie Friend, who recently retired as executive director of the Hendricks County United Way.