According to Phaneuf giving to others was never an option for her growing up, it was instead considered a privilege.
"My mother made sure that we were involved with as many school activities and organizations as possible," said Phaneuf. "One of those was Girl Scouts. My memory of walking over the bridge as a Brownie to receive my Girl Scout pin seems like yesterday, and I believe it was the start of a true leadership role."
Angela Spahr received the Distinguished Community Leader award. Spahr is involved in numerous activities including scouting, community, church and school services.
"To say Angela is a passionate person would be an understatement," said Dates. "Her tireless dedication to everything she is involved in is just incredible. She seems to have some sort of superhuman strength which propels her from her home ... to school where she works in the 12th grade resource room as a consultant teacher, as well as serving on numerous committees, helping with various projects, to church where she is a Sunday school teacher as well as a team group advisor, to whatever event she is organization, for whichever charity she is focusing on helping at the moment. She is truly Superwoman."
For Spahr, a quote from Mohandas Ghandi summed up why she does all she does.
"'We must be the change we want to see in the world,'" Spahr quoted. "We really do need to, because we are far away from our future. We're taking this planet. We need to give it back in better condition than it is now. So, do something."
The second Distinguished Community Leader award went to Michelle Hills who is an active member on many community planning and development committees such as Mobilizing for Action, Planning and Partnership Committee, the Action for Health Subcommittee, Eat Well/Play Hard Partnership, Mental Health Subcommittee, and the Saranac River Trail Project.