2013 Laureates: 

Catherine Ford and Robin Fisher

 

Catherine Ford

Since 1988, Catherine Ford has lead Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, one of the most successful and respected educational institutions in the county. She oversaw its growth from an elementary school to a 2-campus school, the second being a 40-acre Upper School located just off the Pineda Causeway, which together serve over 840 students.

But it isn’t just her accomplishments as a leader in education; Ford is one of the outstanding leaders in our community. With characteristic modesty she said, “When I look at the Laureates from previous years, I see people who have truly shaped Brevard County. It is humbling to be among such distinguished community leaders.”

To those who know her and have worked with her, she is among her peers. Ford said recently, “My mantra is to be involved in your community and to give back. It’s an easy message to deliver because I believe in it fervently.” Living up to her mantra, she is not only the headmaster of a thriving school, but also has served as a member of the Health First Board since 2005; a former chairman of the Holmes Regional Medical Center/Palm Bay Hospital Board of Directors; a member of the Board of Directors for Florida Council of Independent Schools; a member of the Governing Board for the National Association of Episcopal Schools; a member of the Board of Trustees for Sewanee – The University of the South; is the former president of The Haven Board of Directors; and is a former president of the Junior League of South Brevard

“When our young people have the opportunity to interact with community leaders, it has a profound influence on them. Real people who share real-life perspectives with our students take the students one step closer to becoming responsible members of society.” – Catherine Ford

Robin Fisher

As many were thinking a pall was being cast over north Brevard, Robin Fisher became a unifying and vibrant voice of vision and hope.  As a County Commissioner representing Titusville, he has brought his characteristic focus and passion to one of the most challenging times in the county’s history.  He recently commented, “An important lesson I learned is that if you can lay out the facts about an issue, educate the community and your fellow commissioners about the importance of the issue, then you can make a difference that will outlast not only your term as a commissioner but maybe your life.  It’s like creating a legacy.”

A Space Coast native son, Fisher graduated from Satellite High School and then received a football scholarship to the University of Florida where he was captain of the University of Florida Gators in 1981.  After retiring from professional football, Fisher became an agent with State Farm Insurance Company.  During his tenure with State Farm his accomplishments have been outstanding – he won numerous awards for production and service, and is a member of the Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, having owned his agency in Titusville since 1989.

Fisher’s community service includes former City Councilman for Palm Bay and Titusville. He also served as Vice-Mayor of Titusville; campaign chairman for the Brevard County YMCA, where he was responsible for raising $2.5 million to build the Titusville YMCA Family Center on Park Avenue, and in 2007 was presented with the John W. Sterci Award, which is Y’s highest honor.

“My parents instilled in me a deep sense of civic duty alongside a deep work ethic; in our family they went hand in hand – no excuses.  Now Rhoda and I have passed that on to our children.  Serving the communities where we live has always been a priority.  I’ve said it before and I’ll continue saying it, ‘No one is going to save us; we have to save ourselves,’ and what that means to me is that we all have a responsibility to take an active role in our community; don’t wait for someone else to do it.  I challenge everyone to inventory your own natural abilities and learned skills and find a way to get plugged in.” – Robin Fisher