Leadership Development – Champion of the Year Spotlight, Ericka Doan
Ericka Doan is not only a Board Member for our Central Illinois office, she is also a Nominee for our Champion of the Year campaign currently underway in Peoria. Ericka, a former Best Buddies participant in college, graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science, Communication Disorders and Sciences. She later received her Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology at Illinois State University and Masters, Educational Leadership from American College of Education.
We asked her a few questions to learn more about why she is involved and what she is looking forward to accomplishing this year.
Q: What are your previous involvements with Best Buddies?
I joined Best Buddies as an undergraduate student at Eastern Illinois University. My roommate was also a member. We often scheduled outings with our Buddies together so we could give them a more “college-like” experience as opposed to just meting one-on-one. I loved being part of the organization, fundraising, and simply increasing awareness on campus and in the surrounding community!
Q: Why did you decide to get involved with the Champion of the Year event?
I can’t say no! Haha! In all honesty, I have lived in the area for 4 years and can see a community that is welcoming and supportive. I was able to get a Best Buddies chapter up and running at Richwoods High School last year. I am excited to continue increasing awareness for people with disabilities and to raise money for a great organization!
Q: What are you looking forward to the most during your Champion of the Year campaign?
The party of course! I am inviting many friends and family members to the Champion of the Year Gala. I think it will give them better insight into what Best Buddies is, and may inspire them to start a chapter in their area. I’m also excited about fundraising and speaking with local businesses. I’m hopeful that even if I’m unable to secure a donation or sponsorship, I can create new contacts in businesses that could provide job experiences for my students both during high school and beyond!
You can support Ericka’s Champion of the Year campaign by visiting bestbuddieschampion.org/centralil.