Sonya Mau named Customary's Citizen of the Yr

NORMAL — Native nonprofit and neighborhood chief Sonya Mau has been named Customary’s 2022 Citizen of…

NORMAL — Native nonprofit and neighborhood chief Sonya Mau has been named Customary’s 2022 Citizen of the Yr. 

Mau has been a part of the Bloomington-Customary neighborhood for over 40 years. She co-founded the Multicultural Management Institute ahead of serving on committees and stepping in as president of this system in 2011 and 2012. 


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Since then, Mau has evolved this system’s curriculum to offer management studying revel in to members.

“When Sonya retired from her paid occupation a few years in the past, the neighborhood benefited much more,” Customary Mayor Chris Koos mentioned in a Wednesday new liberate. “Sonya has been concerned with the Multicultural Management Institute since 2010. Her pastime for this program and serving to folks in finding and expand their management talents can pay it ahead in our neighborhood for years yet to come.”

He endured, “As our communities keep growing and evolve, it’s extra vital than ever folks volunteer to assist form the neighborhood of these days for the citizens of the next day. Sonya’s pastime for our neighborhood may also be outlined with the hallmarks of private {and professional} construction, carrier and management.”

Koos introduced the award all the way through town’s Appreciation Reception on Wednesday.


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Mau moved to Bloomington-Customary when her past due husband, Ben, relocated right here with State Farm. Born in Arkansas, she earned a bachelor’s level in track and English from Rhodes School in Memphis, Tennessee, and a Grasp of Arts level in data and library sciences from the College of Chicago. She additionally studied artwork on the College of Miami and Mandarin and Chinese language at Stanford College. 

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Mau retired after operating greater than 35 years at Nation Monetary, the place she served management roles in data generation, company methods and studying and construction.

She has been a member of Toastmasters Global for just about 40 years. She has served as president of the DG Complex Toastmasters Membership and earned a large number of accolades, together with a number of speech and district analysis contests. 

She additionally has supplied volunteer management to many nonprofits, together with United Method of McLean County, YWCA of McLean County and the Boys and Ladies Membership of Bloomington-Customary. 


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Mau is a constitution member of the Illinois Prairie Neighborhood Basis’s Girl to Girl Fund and the United Method of McLean County’s Girls United team. She is a pianist and Sunday faculty trainer at School Street Baptist Church and prior to now served as a number of WJBC’s Broadview display with Susan Almeida.