What is a community without its people? The truth is that people are the most important resource of any community. Wayne County is home to numerous people across several sectors who work to ensure the success of their fellow citizens. They are some of our strongest assets.

As Forward Wayne County focuses on Our People, Chloe Brown, HYPE member and community advocate, discusses how the people in her life inspired her to give back and create positive impacts in Wayne County.

Developing a Passion

My community holds an irreplaceable space in my heart. It is where I grew up, where I have made my closest friends, and where I feel like I truly belong. As I reflect on the countless ways in which our community has enriched my life, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and an unwavering commitment to give back. Allow me to delve into the primary reasons for my passion for our community.

Lifelong Mentors

First and foremost, the remarkable individuals who left a lasting mark on my life. From my childhood, my parents instilled in me a deep appreciation for the dynamic community that surrounded me. Through programs like Wayne County 4-H and The First Tee Program, I had the privilege of learning essential life skills and values, all while forging enduring friendships that will forever be near and dear to my heart.

Mentors like Bob VanPelt, Sam Witherby, Mike Foley, and Al Armstead imparted wisdom, encouragement, and belief in my potential. Their unwavering support and mentorship have shaped not only my character but also cultivated a positive outlook on life that continues to guide me today.

Additionally, my educational journey through Centerville Abington Community Schools provided a rich ground for personal growth and development. Whether on the golf course under the guidance of Damon Anderson or fostering teamwork on the basketball floor with my cheerleading coaches, Lori Lambright, and Jan Frye, I learned the importance of perseverance and leadership, which has served me well into adulthood.

As an adult, Kyle Turner and my coworkers at Turner and Shepherd Insurance inspire and uplift me, reinforcing the importance of community and camaraderie that makes me feel right at home. Their support and encouragement create an environment that empowers me to thrive both professionally and personally.

Of course, the unwavering support of my family and friends, who not only push me to be a better person but also stand by me through every triumph and challenge, reinforces my sense of belonging and connection to our community.

Paying It Forward

My passion for our community stems from my deep-seated desire to give back and make a positive impact. Benefiting from countless acts of kindness and support drives my sense of gratitude to pay it forward. Whether through coaching junior high cheerleading at Centerville, volunteering for Centerville Main Street initiatives, or extending a helping hand to clients in my professional endeavors, I find immense fulfillment in contributing to the well-being and prosperity of my community.

Ultimately, I am devoted because I feel profoundly grateful for all the blessings this community has given me. From lifelong friendships forged to the invaluable life lessons learned, I am profoundly grateful for the myriad ways in which my community has enriched my life. It is this gratitude that propels me to be passionate about my community.

This is one of countless stories of people in Wayne County dedicating their time to helping and inspiring others. In this case, a system of local mentors instilled that passion and mindset. People in Wayne County will prosper from the efforts of others.

Whether it is giving someone the resources to succeed or providing a helping hand, those efforts can change a life.

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