by Ralph Routon
Lots of people in Colorado Springs might be proud to call themselves community activists, dedicating themselves to helping as many causes as they can, even if their participation doesn't put them in the public or media spotlight.
Lindy Conter is among that group, but she wasn't in the background Thursday night, receiving the sixth annual Making Democracy Work Award from the League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region during a reception in Bemis Hall at Colorado College.
Conter was chosen from a group of six nominees, all with impressive credentials from serving the local community. In fact, as she expressed her appreciation after the announcement, Conter referred to several of the other nominees as being role models for her.
Conter's activism has focused on organizations and issues involving girls and women. Among her achievements: co-founder of the Pikes Peak Women's Coalition, organizer of the first Pay Equity Day event in Colorado Springs supporting federal legislation on equal pay for women, and working with the Women's Resource Agency, the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and the Women's Foundation of Colorado. In addition, she has helped cultivate local support for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program for girls. As if all that weren't enough, Conter is a volunteer for Pikes Peak Library District teaching English as a Second Language to adults, and she helps tutor people trying to gain U.S. citizenship.
“Lindy Conter is a community leader, helping to create equality regardless of gender or economic status,” said Julie Ott, president of the League of Women Voters local chapter.
Dee Vazquez Sabol, the 2011 winner, made the presentation to Conter, emphasizing that if any organization or cause in Colorado Springs (or Colorado) included women, "Lindy is involved with it."
The other nominees included Jan Doran, longtime leader of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations; Martha Barton, president/CEO of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care; Aimee Cox, Colorado Springs City Council liaison and former Manitou Springs City Council member; Ann Finke, nationally known instructor and proponent of local golf; and Vikki Walton, grant writer and volunteer for local nonprofits.
The event was co-sponsored by the Independent.