Women In Leadership: Debbie Isabell Nelson

By KBJR Manager

November 2, 2010 Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 12:11 PM CDT

Every year the Northland's News Center gives out ten "Women In Leadership" Awards to women who take an active role in their communities.

One of our recipients is a woman who works to improve Duluth's Morgan Park neighborhood.

Dave Anderson has her story.

These gears are from the old Morgan Park steel mill and represent the long history of that part of Duluth.

Debbie Isabell Nelson has been a part of that history for more than thirty years.

She fell in love with the community because of the hard working people that fill it.

"The people out here are so invested in what they feel about the community, the history, the uniqueness of the community."

Debbie earned her "Women In Leadership" award for helping Morgan Park accomplish several renovations and projects.

She's quick to say she didn't do those things alone.

"Things that I do, I do because there's this whole team that surrounds me and we work together to get things done. You see the gears behind us. That was a three year project. We worked for three years to get those gears moved."

The gears now serve as a symbol of Morgan Park's past and future.

"It develops community pride to think about the hard working men and women who lived in this neighborhood in the past and it inspires them to look forward and create their own opportunities."

Debbie's accomplishments in Morgan Park include more than just a couple of symbolic gears.

She has also helped build a new playground and fix up an aging six-plex apartment building.

She thinks other women can take on similar leadership roles by starting with just one volunteer goal.

"Once you find out when you do one thing it is so gratifying that you want to do more and I think that's what it is all about."

In Morgan Park, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.