Recently at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, Assistant Principal Laura Ferrell and Assistant Principal Amanda Bencik complimented Office Aide Karen O’Dea on a beautiful display of roses on her desk. The roses were given to O’Dea after she was awarded the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Cook County presents the Unsung Heroine Awards to one woman from each district of Cook County and one county-wide. The award recognizes women whose contributions to their communities, families and professional endeavors have been so vital, but seldom recognized.
“We are so very proud of Karen’s well-deserved accomplishment. She is proof that no matter your role in our district, choosing to lead has benefits for all members of our community,” said Assistant Principal Laura Ferrell.
Peggy A. Montes serves as Chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. An educator, fundraiser, leader, and champion of women’s issues and rights, Montes was the driving force behind the very first Unsung Heroine Award for the women of Cook County. On March 16, 2010, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and members of the Commission on Women’s Issues renamed the award in Montes’s honor as a way of recognizing her remarkable achievements on behalf of women and girls.