Rural Community Builder Name: Mary Ward

Community: Ashland, OR

Role: Dedicated community builder – Founder, Community Website Partnership; Community Systems and Human Systems LLC providing training and support for many rural communities.

What is one word or phrase that describes this person as an RCB: Treasure

Recognized by: Brooke Nuckles-Gentekos from Jacksonville, OR

Tell us a bit about what you appreciate about them as an RCB: Mary Ward is an inspirational community builder. She has been a committed, impactful, and beloved community builder, trainer, facilitator, coach, and mentor over the years in partnership with many communities and FICB.

Her work in service to community groups, nonprofits, and people throughout Oregon and Siskiyou County, CA has made a tremendously positive difference. She laid the foundation for local people to be more skilled, knowledgeable about best practices, and better leaders so they could connect with proactive networks and accomplish remarkable community-led actions.

I’m so grateful to work with her to spark positive change in so many ways.