Evanston resident Sue Carlson received the 2010 Unsung Heroine Award from the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. The award was presented by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Ms. Carlson, representing Larry Suffredin’s 13th District, was honored along with 16 other women during Women’s History Month.
The Unsung Heroine Award honors remarkable women who have not received wide-spread recognition as a way to bring their stories to light, to thank them, and to celebrate their achievements in Cook County. This year the award was renamed the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award to recognize the founding chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues.
Ms. Carlson was recognized for being guided by a deep faith that calls her to meet the needs of the “least of these” in society. She has been a volunteer at VNA Hospice of Evanston, been involved in the Evanston Ecumenical Council, the Food Aid Center and the St. John’s Home Health Board. Although now retired, she continues to work with Evanston’s Housing 4 All, Citizens for a Greener Evanston, Faith in Action and the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is also active with her church, St. Augustine’s Episcopal.