Detroit Lakes couple recognized as Agassiz Leaders
Detroit Lakes couple Jason and Amy Coley will receive special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 27 at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
The Coleys, along with individuals from 15 other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota, will be recognized for their involvement.
Jason does administrative tasks that are involved in building houses, such as estimating and project manager. He and Amy also both assist with harvesting the family hay crop.
Amy teaches radiologic technology at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. She is also the clinical coordinator for the radiology students.
Jason and Amy Coley have served as Becker County's representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program, where each has been taking part in educational sessions along with other rural leaders since November 2009.
Those sessions are focused on personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership, legislative issues, and personal vision and goal setting.
This is the 26th year the Emerging Leadership Program has brought together individuals from across the region for recognition and training seminars. There are now more than 800 leaders in northwest and west central Minnesota who are alumni of the program!
The program, which grew out of the King Agassiz Program of the Red River Valley Winter Shows, was developed in 1985 by a small group of people who felt there was a need to help individuals develop their leadership potential.
It continues to focus on the belief that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities.
The Emerging Leadership Program is a program of the University of Minnesota Extension and the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. Major financial contributions for the program are made available through the Red River Valley Development Association and the West Central Initiative.
Additional support for the program comes from ag producer groups, electric cooperatives, and community businesses and individuals in counties throughout northwest and west central Minnesota who contribute financially to the program each year.
Family and friends of the Coleys, as well as alumni of past programs, are invited to attend the March 27th anniversary banquet in Crookston.
Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office in Roseau by calling 218-463-0291, or 1-888-241-4546 (toll free).