Quality Quest to bestow community stewardship awards
Quality Quest Coalition of Grand Island has selected five Island residents to receive its Fifth Annual Community Stewardship Awards. This year's award ceremony and reception will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 1998 at Trinity Church and the public is cordially invited. Each year Quality Quest honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort on behalf of the Town.
Barbi Lare is the Island's true photojournalist who has chronicled life in the community since 1967. When news happens Barbi Lare is there to capture it on film with her unique perspective.
While at RIT where she graduated with a degree in photography, she was a member of the National Championship Fencing Team. Her fencing career continued for almost 20 years during which she tried out for two Olympic teams and was ranked 10th nationally two years in a row.
Children are one of Barbi's favorite subjects and she has continuously provided high quality coverage of school activities. Thanks to her, many have been made aware of Eco Island, PTA activities, town events and ceremonies, business openings plus much more.
Barbi is generous with her time, serving a variety of public service organizations. Currently, she is president of Zonta, chairman of the Town's Recreation Advisory Board, and a director of the Altar Guild at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. Other memberships include the Grand Island Historical Society, Grand Island Art Society, Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library and Quality Quest Coalition.
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce named her Citizen of the Year in 1990 for Community Service and a more recent honor was her induction into the RIT Athletic Hall of Fame.
Barbi and her husband, Walter, have been married since 1966 and reside on Whitehaven Road where Barbi operates a photographic studio. She can aptly be described as a genuine community treasure.