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Toya Cirica (Cook) Bell '83 honored as Community Leader of the Year in Austin

August 23, 2018
By Keystone Communications Team


Toya Cirica Cook '83, will be the featured honoree at the Mission Capital Awards in October for her work supporting nonprofits in Austin.

She's an attorney who has served on numerous boards and held leadership positions with organizations and is the immediate past board chair of Leadership Austin. In that capacity, she launched Courageous Conversation—Beyond Diversity training for the greater Austin community.

In a statement announcing the 2018 Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year award, Mission Capital said she "has truly made community service and trusteeship a central part of her life."

Now known as Toya Cirica Bell, she's a lifer at Keystone, attending from kinder through 12th grade.

“I believe in community service and community trusteeship as a central part of my life," she said in a statement. "I’ve always enjoyed helping others and thinking about the big picture.  I grew up in a family where giving back was encouraged at an early age.  I recall collecting donations with my grandmother for various causes including a charitable organization that she and her friends founded — and all the things I learned from her about empathy and having a charitable heart.”

Mission Capital works with nonprofit organizations in Austin to help them better serve their constituencies. The Mission Capital Awards will take palce October 17 at Austin Saengerrunde.

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