2017 Citizen of the Year
This Westie is given to an individual in the Greater Westlake Area who has contributed time, energy, and heart to the community, sometimes unnoticed. They are an inspiration for others to follow as he or she can influence others to accomplish the objective by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. It is in recognition of their outstanding contributions through civic and community service activities that have made them an inspirational role model for the Westlake community.
2017 Winner: Cord Shiflet
Cord is a lifetime Westlake resident, husband and father of 4 young children. Over the past year Cord jumped to action multiple times when he saw a need in our community. Cord spearheaded 3 major community projects this past year.
First was Alvin, a beloved employee at Walgreens. Cord saw a post on the Nextdoor App where people were talking about what a wonderful employee Alvin was and an uplifting person to interact with in Westlake. It was mentioned that Alvin’s mother has just passed and suggested that we do something for him to show our appreciation. Cord jumped to action and created a GoFundMe for Alvin and raised over $10,000 in one week. Cord agreed to take on the tax burden of the gift and paid those himself so Alvin could enjoy the full benefit of what his neighborhood fans gave.
Next was Stewart from Great Harvest Bread Company. Cord popped in an Uber and started talking with the driver and learned that he was the owner of the local Great Harvest Bread Company. Stewart was driving in an effort to keep his store open as he’d suffered huge losses in revenue as a result of remodeling the West Woods Shopping Center. Cord asked if he could write a story about what was happening….that afternoon the store sold out of bread. The next day Great Harvest baked twice their normal daily supply and were sold out, again, before the end of the day. This continued several days and allowed Stuart to get off the streets and back to business as usual.
Finally, was Cord’s call to action with the Harvey disaster relief. The night Harvey hit Houston, a friend called Cord and said “we’ve gotta do something to help the victims from Harvey….are you in?” Without flinching Cord said “yes.” An hour later Cord has a U-Haul truck pulled in his driveway and challenged his community to drop items off at his house (water, diapers, tampons, food, clothes, pillows and blankets). Cord and his friend had a goal of filling their 11-foot U-Haul and driving it directly where supplies were most needed and putting them directly in the hands of the victims. Not only did they fill that truck, they filled 10 more 25-foot trucks. In 5 days Cord made 4 trips to the most devastated areas and with the help of his friends driving, sent trucks to Rockport, Houston, La Grange, Beaumont and Port Arthur. Cord logged 16 hours over 6 nights and helped transport hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of donated items to Harvey victims.
2017 Finalists: Christie Bybee & Jenny Aghamalian
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