2015 Honoree - Dawn Dinsdale
Dawn Dinsdale is the 2015 Omaha Woman of the Year. Dawn’s phenomenal work as a community volunteer and champion of giving back, exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy that this honor recognizes. She has worked tirelessly across the local community to make a difference in people’s lives. Her influence and contributions are felt throughout the entire Omaha area.
Dawn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and a master’s degree in Audiology, both from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Admired by her peers, Dawn’s sense of peace and everlasting commitment to family, her spiritual life and her love of community is a part of what makes her so special. She has touched countless organizations including Papillion Junior Women’s Club, Nebraska Easter Seals, Nebraska Children’s Home, Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee, Girl Scouts, and Overland Hills Baptist Church while she and Sid were raising their young family. More recently, she has been involved with Ak-Sar-Ben, Grace University, Completely Kids, Children’s Respite Care Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lauritzen Gardens, Quality Living and many, many more. She has been a part of the Arthritis Foundation family over the years, and is a firm believer in our creed that arthritis is unacceptable, and that more must be done to find a cure.
Dawn has a loving family, which includes her husband Sid, and their three children, spouses and five grandchildren, Alison and J.R Johnson and daughters Georgie and Charlotte, Paige and Brian Ritter and daughter Violet, and Sheena and Matthew Dinsdale and sons Graham and Roy. Not only is she celebrated within the community, but also within her home. Her dedication and commitment to service is nothing short of phenomenal.
“We are thrilled to honor Dawn for her contributions and commitment to the mission of the Arthritis Foundation, and we are humbled by her legacy of volunteerism and service. It is with great pride that we thank Dawn for her commitment and years of service, and recognize her as the 2015 Omaha Woman of the Year,” said Tom Fite, CEO, Arthritis Foundation Heartland Region.
The Woman of the Year Gala, now in its forty-second year, is a major fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation’s programs and services. Each year’s event honors a philanthropic woman from the Omaha-Metro community.