I am a Wisconsin native with a BS in Secondary Education from UW-Milwaukee, 1969, and MS in Counseling and Guidance from UW-Madison, 1973. Living in Indiana for 4 years I worked in a group home for adolescent girls in roles of school liaison and vocational counselor, younger girl house superviser and Ass. Director. Returning to Fond du Lac, WI. in 1977 I was a Director of a AODA prevention/invention nonprofit for adolescents for 4 years and then a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for 16 years. Moving to Door County I worked part-time for HELP as the Older Adult Advocate primarily focusing on prevention. I also am a Director of a Duplicate Bridge game and teach the game.
My last year at HELP I was working on eliminating Non Violent language when I went to a Civility training. I had seen how harmful violent language was on relationships as well as all other aspects of life. It is critical that the majority if not all our communication is civil in order for each individual to flourish.
Mark Nelson, retired resident of Sturgeon Bay.
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Patti Vickman had over 40 years of educational experience before returning to her home town to serve as Southern Door School District Superintendent. Key to her leadership has been her commitment to partnerships developed which prepare students to be college, career, and community ready. As member of the Civility Project’s steering committee, her district collaborated with the Civility Project to develop high school curriculum in civility which was recognized as one of the State Superintendent of School’s 2017 Friends of Education.