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Amy Evans, 2020 Women of the Year

North Idaho Regional Director

Idaho Youth Ranch

 

Amy Evans, 2020 Women of the Year honoree.

Amy Evans is devoted to her community and to leaving the woodpile higher than she found it. For more than sixteen years, she has spent countless hours dedicating her many talents to a variety of local causes.

“I feel fortunate enough to give back to my community through my time and talent,” Evans said. “If there’s something that I have that I can contribute, it’s important that to me that I share that with the community.”

Evans was elected for two terms to the Coeur d’Alene City Council and serves vulnerable youth and families as the regional director for Idaho Youth Ranch. With boundless energy and creativity, Evans is determined to build for the future of Idaho and its citizens.

When Coeur d’Alene’s downtown elementary school was on the chopping block, Evans led a team of community members to save it from closure. By helping to demonstrate the school’s value and its impact on the community, Evans was instrumental in keeping it a oat.

After saving the school, Evans recognized a gap in communication between parents and public school officials. As a result, she founded the Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership, an advocacy group whose mission is to open channels of communication and ensure that quality public education remains a priority.

“Through her, I am reminded that we all can make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others,” Teresa Runge, communication instructor at North Idaho College, wrote in a letter of recommendation. “Amy lives life with intention and is an exemplary example of a woman we should strive to be. She possesses strength, compassion, grace and integrity.”

Evans served for six years on the Coeur d’Alene Planning Commission. She was a key player in establishing and opening the Kroc Community Center, which has over 16,000 members and offers numerous programs for children, seniors and at-risk youth.

“Amy leads wonderfully, because of her dedication and the work she does for the kids,” said Kenneth G. Gabriel, re chief at the City of Coeur d’Alene Fire Department. “It’s infectious how her spirit and drive is. I think there are leadership traits that you just naturally have, or you don’t, and she has it.”

Click on the cover to view the digital edition of the 2020 Women of the Year publication.

Evans also volunteers for local events in the community, such as Ironman, for which she is a volunteer chair and organizer, as well as an athlete.

Among her many accomplishments, Evans is most proud of her children, Max and Lucy, and is thankful for the support of her husband of 21 years, Doug.

“The key for me is to have strong family and support, which I’m just so thankful to have,” Evans said. “Also, the opportunity to not only teach my kids but also to demonstrate through actions — the importance of what it means to me, and what I’m hoping it will eventually mean to them as well — giving back to the community.”

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