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Wyandotte Woman Wins Outstanding Young Michigander Award

25-year-old Megan Maiani accepted the award Saturday night in Lansing.

The Michigan Jaycees honored 25-year-old Wyandotte resident Megan Maiani Saturday night as an Outstanding Young Michigander.

The Michigan Jaycees give out the award annually to five people, between the ages of 21 to 40 years old, who have been nominated by a local Jaycees chapter. Winners of the award are chosen based on their accomplishments and contributions to the community they live in.

Maiani is a member of the Wyandotte Jaycees and is a children’s counselor for Camp Quality with the American Cancer Society. She is also a member of Women of Wyandotte, has taken part in the ACS Relay for Life and volunteers with Rainbow Connections, which makes wishes come true for terminally ill children.

Currently she works as registered nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

To qualify for the state award, Maiani won the Outstanding Young Woman of Wyandotte award in February, after being nominated by Wyandotte Jaycees President John Dehring and his wife Shannon.

To receive the award, Maiani traveled to Lansing last weekend. In a ceremony held at the Michigan Historical Museum, she was given a special plaque and had the opportunity to give a brief speech.

Although she was happy to win the state award, Maiani said the true reward from her volunteer work is the joy she gets from helping others.

“I volunteer because I love to help those who are not as blessed as me,” Maiani said. “An award is not needed to thank me for my volunteering, the smiles and the lessons I help people gain are what gives me the satisfaction that I am doing good in the community.”

In the past, Henry Ford, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and current U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow have all won the same award.

Amy Bruce-Stevens November 05, 2012 at 12:28 PM
That is awesome! What a giving, caring young woman! My daughter actually just went in front of the parent club at her school and asked that they give the money from the school's annual Make a Difference Week campaign to Camp Quality of Michigan! It is a wonderful organization, and I am happy to hear that Megan spends her time with this amazing group of kids... my daughter is a camper there, too! ;o) Good job, Megan!
Julie Abshire November 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
We are so proud of you Megan! You continue to make a difference and show inspiration every day through your job. Keep it up and congrats!
Teresa November 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Very proud of you Megan. You are awesome lady to know. You have made an awesome name for yourself at a young age. Continue your love for being involved in all that your doing for others. Enjoy your nursing career. Wish you many years of being a loving, caring person.
Megan Maiani November 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Amy if you do not mind me asking who is your daughter? I may have met her before, I have volunteered at both of the camps. I am now the programming director of North camp in Traverse City!
Megan Maiani November 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thank you Julie!!!
Megan Maiani November 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Thank you so much!
Tammy Maiani November 06, 2012 at 03:49 AM
So very proud of the person you have become. Caring for others and for the children with cancer is something special. There are not many young adults that would have the heart to do what you do! Continue to show your big warm heart! I love you....
Judean Bulchak November 06, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Megan I don't want to be too personal but are your parents Virg and Wendy ? everyone I know are talking what a leader you are. Grateful kids looking up to you:)
Megan Maiani November 06, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Thanks mom!!!! I always will!!
Megan Maiani November 06, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Thanks so much Judean. My parents are Mark and Tammy. I am glad I can set a positive role model influence to other kids. I just hope others become involved in something that is not in their comfort zone just to help themselves learn about what kind of person they are and that we all have a heart, it just takes some of us a little support to give part of it to others.
Lynn Kell November 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Congratulations Megan!...You are a true inspiration to all of us.
Megan Maiani November 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Thank you so very much!!

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