The Cameron Award for

Outstanding Community Collaboration

2017 Cameron Award Winners

Just Compassion of East Washington County and Neighbors Nourishing Communities.

Check out the video that premiered at our Annual Celebration:

Past Cameron Award Winners

2016: All former winners honored in celebration of VAN's 15th Birthday:

2015: The Mental Health Response Team:
Washington County Sheriff's Department, Washington County Mental Health, LifeWorks NW
Read More Here (pdf), See More Here (video)

2014: Connect to Work:
Washington County Drug Court, Worksystems Inc., SE Works and WorkSource Portland Southeast, Washington County Community Corrections, Washington County Sheriff's Department, CODA, Inc.
Read More Here (pdf), See More Here (video)

2013: Animal Protection Multi-Disciplinary Team:
Washington County Animal Services, Washington County District Attorney's Office, Domestic Violence Resource Center, The Little Dog Laughed, Animal Aid, Washington County Juvenile Services, ElderSafe (a program of the Washington County Sheriff's Department), Washington County Community Corrections, City of Beaverton Police, The Oregon Humane Society, Fences for Fido, PetSmart, State of Oregon Department of Human Services (Hillsboro branch), Adult Protective Services, and Indigo Rescue
Read More Here (pdf), See More Here (video)

2012: Tualatin Valley Gleaners:
TV Gleaners, City of Beaverton, Hands on Greater Portland, Oregon Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul/St. Cecilia Church Food Pantry
TV Gleaners (pdf),TV Gleaners (video)

2011: HopeSpring:
Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Domestic Violence Resource Center, LifeWorks NW, and Community Action
HopeSpring (pdf) , HopeSpring (video)

2010: Tom Brian, Chair Washington County Board of Commissioners (Individual); Sonrise Church (Organization).

2009: Annette Evans, Washington County Housing Services (Individual); Community Partners for Affordable Housing (Organization); Adele Hughes, Providence Health & Services (Emerging Leader); Dr. Joseph Christy, Retired Director Juvenile Services.

2008: Dave Nutt,Clean Water Services(Individual); Intel - 4H Tech Wizards, (Organization), Lifeworks NW/Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic (Organization); Kim Marshall, Good Neighbor Center (Emerging Leader).

2007: Linda Moholt (Individual); Good Neighbor Center (Organization); Linda Nilsen-Solares (Emerging Leader)

2006; Sabino Sardineta (Individual); Jackson Bottoms Wetlands Preserve (Organization); Wendy Dorival, (Emerging Leader)

2005 (inaugural awards): Charlie Cameron (Individual); Washington County Board of Commissioners (Organization)


Since 2005 the Cameron Award has been presented annually to organizations and individuals that embrace collaboration and epitomize a commitment to working across multiple sectors of the community. The Award is named after Charlie Cameron to honor his leadership and to inspire others to embrace the collaborative vision he repeatedly demonstrated. Mr. Cameron was Washington County Administrator from 1986 to 2005 and was a founding Board member of the Vision Action Network.

In 2011, the VAN Board of Directors changed the process to give out one award to a Collaborative Effort, initiative or program. This is a change from previous years and the Board believes it is better aligned with the mission of the Vision Action Network. New criteria have been established as described below.


The nominee must be a collaborative program, project or initiative (can be a short-term or one-time project or event, or an ongoing collaboration) that:
  • Is a multi-organization effort, with preference given to cross-sector collaboration,
  • Demonstrates identifiable and measurable impact (outcomes, outputs and value added to the community),
  • Is focused in Washington County with local organizations involved,
  • Utilizes creative approaches to address our community's most pressing needs, and
  • Has potential for replication and/or sharing of best practices.
Projects that the VAN currently lead or convene are not eligible.

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