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City of Camden Dedicates Park in Honor of Civic Leader and Community Organizer Sheila L. Roberts
More than 50 community leaders gathered at 6th & Washington Streets for the dedication of the Sheila L. Roberts Park, renamed in honor of Mrs. Roberts’ service to the City of Camden and the Cooper Lanning Neighborhood. City Council adopted the ordinance naming the park after Mrs. Roberts on March 12, 2013.
“Today we recognize Mrs. Roberts’ steadfast commitment to the City of Camden and the Cooper Lanning Neighborhood,” said Mayor Dana L. Redd. “Mrs. Roberts’ passion for community service and dedication to our children and families is an inspiration to us all.”
Mrs. Roberts has served as the President of the Cooper Lanning Civic Association for the past 16 years. Previously, she taught for 10 years in the Camden City Public Schools.
A lifelong Camden resident, Mrs. Roberts volunteers her time by contributing to food banks and homeless shelters, and providing clothing for the needy. In addition, she is a committed community partner for the Camden Cooper Lanning Promise Neighborhood Initiative, which focuses on creating opportunities for children and families, who live within the Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square communities.
“Throughout the years, Mrs. Roberts’ has served as an advocate for so many positive improvements in our neighborhoods,” said John P. Sheridan, Jr., President and CEO of The Cooper Health System. “Her tireless commitment to improving our community has been transformational.”
Following the park dedication ceremony, The Cooper Foundation kicked off its fourth annual “Summer in the City” concert series with a free evening performance by “To The Max.” The goal of the concert series is to help build a sense of community while showcasing the neighborhood parks and positive changes in the Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square neighborhoods. Check out the photo gallery of the “Summer in the City” concert.
“As a community partner, we are deeply grateful for the instrumental role that Mrs. Roberts has played in improving our surrounding neighborhoods,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation of The Cooper Health System. “This evening’s celebration is a fitting tribute to Mrs. Roberts’ accomplishments.”
In her remarks during the ceremony, Mrs. Roberts expressed her appreciation for the park dedication.
“I am truly honored to receive this recognition,” Mrs. Roberts said. “Over the years, I have witness first-hand the positive transformations that have taken place in our community. Together we can continue to make a difference and create a place that we are proud to call home.”
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