Peace House director honored as leader
When Myles Rademan, who is the director of Leadership Park City, called Jane Patten to notify her that she would be recognized for the 14th annual Community Leadership Award, he said she burst into tears.
“She was so shocked when I called her and she just started crying on the phone,” Rademan said. “So often we do not recognize the people out there who have gone above and beyond themselves to make a real difference in the community and that was our intention in doing this.”
For more than two decades, Leadership Park City has trained new community leaders through a yearlong group-oriented program. About 15 years ago, Rademan said there was a desire within the organization to honor those who have made a unique contribution to the community.
“A lot of people have visions and dreams, but how often do they really put the time in and persevere, year after year, to take that passion of theirs and turn it into a reality and make it a contribution?” Rademan said. “That’s what we really want to try and focus on is people who have done that.”
Patten was given the annual award on Oct. 6 for her role as the executive director of the Peace House. The Peace House is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence through outreach programs and services in Summit and Wasatch counties.
“Jane has taken an idea that stemmed from a tragedy in our community when a woman was murdered a number of years back and expanded on it,” Rademan said. “I wanted to recognize her contribution. She has been doing something that is difficult and that most of us couldn’t do.”
Patten started working with the Peace House as an office manager 12 years ago and was offered her current position within three months. Over the years, the Peace House has expanded its mission and outreach to serve more victims from an undisclosed location. The organization is currently working toward constructing a new facility that will include transitional housing.
“Our communities– Park City, Summit County, Wasatch County– they are not afraid to look at a difficult issue,” Patten said. “They don’t shy away from that world and the idea that we can make a difference in people’s lives.
“It’s not about me,” she said of the award. “It’s about what the community has done to move the Peace House forward. At least that’s how I see it.”
Patten, who was a member of the Leadership class of 2015, joins previous award recipients such as Candy Erickson, Bob Richer, Jan Wilking, Mary and Charlie Wintzer, according to a press release.
“When I look at the list of people who have received this award in the past, I can’t believe that I am a part of that list,” Patten said. “I am so honored and I also am wonderfully appreciative of our community. I’m just blown away by it. I am very touched. I just want to say ‘thank you’ for this award.”
Former Park City Mayor Dana Williams, who has also received the Leadership Award, said he has known Patten since she joined the Peace House. He said he couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.
“As a community we are fortunate to have someone with that kind of drive,” Williams said. “I think she has done an amazing job of trying to pull in the community and people who might not be aware of issues and those of domestic violence. I thought the award was just perfect.”
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