Sykora receives two awards
Community leader honored by Inter-Community Action, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
ROXBOROUGH » Thismonth, community member Kay Sykora is being presented with two local awards for her years of service to the Roxborough community: the Community Appreciation Award from Inter- Community Action and the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award from the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
The first of these, the Community Appreciation Award, was presented at Inter- Community Action’s annual Caring for the Community Auction at the Germantown Cricket Club Thursday, Nov. 9.
According to Inter-Community Action’s press release regarding the award, “Ms. Sykora [was honored] for her many years of passionate work on behalf of Roxborough and Manayunk.”
The Community Appreciation Award is an annual honor given to a community member “who exemplifies community services,” wrote Steven May, vice president for development.
Inter-Community Action President and CEO Bryan Cohen mirrored this sentiment.
“It’s a pleasure and an honor for Interact to present the 2017 Community Appreciation Award to [Skyora],” he said. “Kay has been a part of the Interact family for over 20 years. Her efforts on behalf of Interact and the community have helped support our belief that everyone deserves a fulfilling life.”
While the Community Appre-
ciation Award focuses on Sykora’s dedication to the Roxborough community, the Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award focuses instead on her commitment to the local environment.
Mike Weibacher, the executive director at the Schuylkill Center, explained Sykora will be the award’s 12th recipient, placing her in the company of botanists, ecologists, teachers and other community leaders who have dedicated their life’s work to helping improve and sustain the local environment.
“The award is meant for someone with a career of helping the environment,” Weibacher said.
He explained Sykora was chosen specifically for her work on the Schuylkill River Trail System.
“We thought itwas a good timeto acknowledge that energy and work,” he said.
The Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award award will be presented by Henry Meigs’ son, Binney Meigs, at the Schuylkill Center’s town hall meeting Nov. 16.
Sykora hasworkedwithin the Roxborough community for a number of years, having been a founding member of theManayunkDevelopment Corp. as the organization’s director from 1988 through 2006. About 10 years ago, she pivoted into a role as director of Destination Schuylkill River, where she focuses on a number of projects within the community.
While Sykora has spearheaded and collaborated on a variety of environmentally focused projects over the past 30 years, her work with the Schuylkill River Trail System is likely the most easily recognizable.
Along with several other city and community organizations, Sykora helped to revitalize the trail along the Manayunk Bridge, which opened to the public in October 2015. Now, she is working with those same organizations to install lighting and security systems along the trail for those who want to enjoy the bridge after dark.
While the Manaynk Bridge is known and loved bymany though, Sykora de- scribes her work with the PhiladelphiaWater Department to revitalize theManayunk Canal SluiceHouse as her largest current project. The sluice house that currently exists is intended to control water flow into the canal. However, Sykora explained, it currently isn’t doing that as well as it should. She and the Water Department are collaborating to “build a new sluice house that better controls water flow into the canal.”
Kay Sykora will receive the Schuylkill Center’s Henry Meigs Environmental Leadership Award a week after accepting Interact’s Community Appreciation Award.