Edwards of the Community Co-op Receives Statewide Spirit of Community Award | News, Sports, Jobs


The Florida Commission on the Status of Women honored Stefanie Edwards, CEO of the community co-op, with its Spirit of Community award at a special ceremony as part of the LEAD Summit 2022 conference on June 22.

Recipients of the FCSW Spirit of Community Awards are the embodiment of dedicated community service. Every day, these extraordinary Floridians mentor children, advocate for women and families in need, and empower and inspire young people. Edwards received a commemorative plaque and letter of recognition from Governor Ron DeSantis. Edwards’ friend, Florida representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka, introduced her.

Edwards has been recognized for her positive impact on the lives of women and families and for her role as a positive role model for women and girls, both for her work with the Community Cooperative and for her volunteer work for other organizations including PACE Center for Girls Lee County, American Cancer Society, Girls Going Places, Lee County Continuum of Care Board Member, Lee Health Foundation, Fort Myers High School, Florida Gulf Coast University, Greater Fort Myers Chamber Women in Business, Leadership Lee County, Lee County Planned Giving Council, IMAG Science and History Center, United Way of Lee County, and Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club.

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan, statutorily created council of 22 member commissioners who work to engage with, educate and celebrate Florida women and girls. The Commission does this through annual events and programs, including the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame and the Spirit of Community Awards. The Commission acts as a resource for legislators, businesses and residents, so that they have a better understanding of the important issues facing women and, by extension, all Floridians. Additional information about the Spirit of Community Award is available on the Commission’s website at fcsw.net.


Virginia S. Braud