Sawaya Values Award Winner – Interview with Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod – FREEDOM 2011
Since coming to the United States, Kasia has achieved a list of accomplishments from becoming the first female student body president at Mesa State College, to being appointed to the US Civil Rights Commission State Advisory, to owning her own business and being selected as one of Denver's "Top Forty under 40" award recipients. She is also an active philanthropist. Kasia is currently campaign strategy director working with the Colorado Preservation Inc. and heading up the restoration of the Colorado State Capitol dome.
Kasia says, "Freedom to me is respect not only for your country but for the individuals. We wouldn't be a country of these tremendous freedoms and opportunities if it wasn't for those who came before us."
"She has accomplished much coming from a communist country to our democracy and has shown what the human spirit can accomplish when it is free to dream, believe and achieve," say nominator David MacLeod, who is also Kasia's husband.
Michael Sawaya says, "Kasia has made the most of her freedom by giving back and doing immense and wonderful things for this country. Congratulations Kasia on winning the July Sawaya Value Awards for Freedom."