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St. Charles woman honored for community contributions

Diane Gibson receives L.E.A.P. award during Charlemagne Awards gala

St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council Committee Chair Renee Raymond, right, presents the 2018 L.E.A.P. award via FaceTime to Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Center co-owner Diane Gibson, left, during the  97th annual Charlemagne Awards gala Feb. 8 at the Q Center.
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council Committee Chair Renee Raymond, right, presents the 2018 L.E.A.P. award via FaceTime to Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Center co-owner Diane Gibson, left, during the 97th annual Charlemagne Awards gala Feb. 8 at the Q Center.

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles resident Diane Gibson is always looking for new ways to help her community.

As a board member for the nonprofit group Random Acts Matter, Gibson started a scholarship program for St. Charles North and East High School students who live a life of care and compassion. Feb. 11 to 17 is the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Week sponsored by Random Acts Matter, a volunteer organization committed to sharing care and compassion in St. Charles.

Gibson also serves on many other boards in the community and is an active leader at St. Patrick Catholic Church, including being chair of the annual Women at the Well ministry.

For those contributions and others, Gibson was presented with the L.E.A.P. – Leadership-Excellence-Achievement-Professionalism award during the 97th annual St. Charles Chamber of Commerce's Charlemagne Awards gala Feb. 8 at the Q Center. The award is presented to a Chamber member who has been of remarkable assistance to other women.

"She is a role model for her two daughters and is an inspiration to women," St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council Committee Chair Renee Raymond said prior to presenting Gibson with the award via FaceTime. "This candidate is admired for her dedication, passion and excellence for whatever project or group she is working with. She is hardworking, meticulous and generous with her time, talents and treasures. One of her amazing qualities is her quiet humbleness."

Gibson is also an advocate for mental health and wellness and serves on the board of directors for TriCity Family Services, which offers family-based counseling for children, teens, adults, and seniors. In addition, she is co-owner of Vanishing Ink Laser Aesthetics Center in St. Charles with her husband, Mark.

Gibson, who couldn't be at the ceremony, humbly accepted the award via FaceTime.

"I thank whoever nominated me," she said. "And I thank this wonderful community. I wish I could be there. I really had no idea. I wish I could be there to be celebrating with you."

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