Jacqueline Augustine ’99 was named the recipient of its 2009 Agnes Slosson Lewis Award by The Geneva League of Women Voters. In an article in the Finger Lakes Times, she is quoted as saying, “It came as a surprise, and looking at the past recipients and the purpose of the award, I’m really honored.”
According to the article, the award is presented “to a local woman who displays exemplary contributions to and participation in her community. It was established in honor of Agnes Slosson Lewis, who founded both the Geneva League of Women Voters and the New York State League of Women Voters.”
It goes on to say “Augustine has shown a deep and abiding commitment to the city, including being the youngest city council member in the state when she was first elected.”
Augustine graduated cum laude from William Smith College, with a B.A. in philosophy.
The complete article about her award and her civic involvement follows.
Finger Lakes Times
League honors city councilor
AMANDA FOLTS • June 12, 2009
GENEVA – The Geneva League of Women Voters has named City Councilor Jacqueline Augustine as the recipient of its 2009 Agnes Slosson Lewis Award.
“It came as a surprise, and looking at the past recipients and the purpose of the award, I’m really honored,” Augustine said.
Given since 1960, the award goes to a local woman who displays exemplary contributions to and participation in her community. It was established in honor of Agnes Slosson Lewis, who founded both the Geneva League of Women Voters and the New York State League of Women Voters.
Kim Reisch, vice president of the Geneva league, said Augustine has shown a deep and abiding commitment to the city, including being the youngest city council member in the state when she was first elected. She said Augustine doesn’t mind taking unpopular positions in service of deeper principles.
“She’s a really good example of the civic involvement that the award was created for,”; Reisch said. “The league is pleased to be able to honor Jackie with this award.”
Augustine won election to the City Council 10 years ago and has focused on government transparency and accountability. She and Hobart Assistant Dean Chip Capraro co-author the No Strings Geneva blog.
Augustine taught a class at the University of Rochester for several years called Writing to Effect Social Change and has taught an ethics course at Finger Lakes Community College.
She worked for Community Unified Today as a development assistant from 1999 to 2004 and helped secure funding for a Vitagrant project and the Pulteney Street Visioning Project.
Augustine is a graduate of Midlakes High School and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She also has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Rochester, where she is now finishing her doctorate.
Augustine lives in Geneva with her husband, Greg Baker ’00, and has three children: Prashanta, Henry and Sophie.
Augustine said everyone contributes in the way that’s most consistent with their talents and that she’s been blessed “with the stubbornness and a loud enough mouth” to make the City Council an outlet for action.
“I think we all have an obligation to try and make the community the best that it can be,” she said.
As for her blog, Augustine said, the key is that it’s a fact-based view of the city that she takes very seriously.
The primary goal has been to get good information out to people and then to provide a point of view, she said.
Augustine said she hopes people will share their information if they have a different point of view.
“You’ve got to be able to make informed decisions about what’s going on,” she said.
The award will be presented to Augustine tonight at the League’s annual Agnes Slosson Lewis Award dinner at Lochland School.