Today EPES Hualpén named its Community Hall for Melanie Nelson
November 23, 2017
On Thanksgiving Day, the EPES Foundation found a meaningful way to thank its most energetic and committed supporter.
“In gratitude for sharing our dreams and helping to create spaces for organizing, educating, and promoting people's health and dignity," reads the plaque that was installed today in recognition of Melanie Nelson at EPES Foundation's community hall in Hualpen, southern Chile." The area where meetings, workshops and gatherings with social organizations and women take place now honors the name of EPES's major supporter.
Karen Anderson, EPES founder and International Training Program Director, praised Melanie Nelson's solidarity and solid commitment to EPES, which since 1982 fosters the organization and mobilization of working class people to improve their living conditions and health, while also upholding the rights and dignity of women.
The recognition arises as a delegation from Trinity Lutheran Church from Owatonna, Minnesota and Christ the King, Mankato, Minnesota concludes a week-long visit to Chile. Melanie Nelson was the driving force behind the delegation's visit, striving yet again to contribute to the sustainability of EPES's work in Chile.
Melanie Nelson is founder and CEO of the Learning ZoneXpress, an Owatonna, Minnesota-based business she created in 1997 to produce and distribute educational material that promotes healthy nutrition, child development and literacy.
This is not the first time Melanie Nelson's work has been honored. In 2007 Ernst & Young named her finalist of its prestigious Businessperson of the Year Award. In 2008 she was recognized as Businessperson of the Year by the American Association of Family and Consumer Services Conference. In March 2011, EPES presented Melanie with the keys to EPES in symbolic gratitude as its most passionate and committed supporter.