Donna Miller Announces 2022 Unsung Heroines Award Winner for the 6th District (Cook County, IL) — Award recipient Lamekia Davis has dedicated her life to supporting young people in the community.
Today, Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller announced Lamekia Davis as the recipient of the 2022 Unsung Heroines Award for the 6th District. The Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines Award is an annual award given out during Women’s History Month to one woman from each of the seventeen County districts and one woman countywide whose contributions are vital to the community, but often overlooked. Commissioner Miller received many qualified nominations from across the 6th District and selected Lamekia for her dedication to supporting our young people.
A Heroine for the Community, Mentor to Those in Need
“Lamekia Davis is a true beacon of light for youth and young adults in the 6th District,” said Commissioner Donna Miller. “Whether it’s providing free mentoring to young people or using money from her own pocket to buy Christmas presents for those in need, Lamekia has devoted her life to giving back to others. I’m so proud to give this year’s Unsung Heroine Award to Lamekia and spotlight the work she is doing. I know Lamekia does not give to others for recognition, but everyone should know what a special woman she is.”
Lamekia Davis is a certified mentor with Lincoln’s Challenge, where she serves as a role model, advisor, and positive example to a cadet going through the Academy program. She was appointed as a Park Forest Youth Commissioner, where she co-chairs the youth commission and assists with activities and scholarships for young people in the community. Lamekia also hosts free mentoring classes for young people and operates a 24 hour telephone line for youth who need resources or just someone to talk to. For the last three years, Lamekia has volunteered with Be The Match, a national registry for stem cell donors, where she supports young cancer patients searching for matching donors in Chicago.
“I’m honored to receive the Unsung Heroine Award for the 6th District and be recognized alongside such an amazing and inspiring group of women,” said Lamekia Davis. “Nothing is more important to me than supporting young people in our community, and I hope this recognition can help show some of the many ways we can provide mentorship and assistance to those in need. I’m grateful to Commissioner Miller for this recognition and her leadership in the 6th District.”
The Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines Award is named after Peggy A. Montes, who served as the Chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. She created the Unsung Heroines Award, which was then renamed in her honor in 2010. The awards were given out at a reception with all Cook County Commissioners and recipients earlier today.
Donna Miller Announces 2022 Unsung Heroines Award Winner for the 6th District