Name: Sylvia Z. Canon
Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: Being one of five new members appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to the state Housing Policy Commission; the 17-member commission was established in 1983 to identify ways to increase housing supply and ownership opportunities for people of low to moderate income
Residence; hometown: Westminster; born in Soso, Miss.,and raised in Washington, D.C.
Education: Bachelor of arts in American civilization from Goucher College; Eastern High School in Washington
Family: Daughter: Laura Nusbaum, 27, of Snydersburg; son: Thomas Canon, 23, of Owings Mills; grandchildren: Michael Nusbaum, 5; Jennifer Nusbaum, 20 months; and Nicole Canon, 6 months.
Place of worship: Ascension Episcopal Church in Westminster
Activities/hobbies: Employed as executive director of Human Services Programs Inc., member of the board for Carroll County Food Sunday, active in social services since 1959. "In the time I have for me, I like to read. And Ilike to fool with my grandchildren."
Accomplishments: Starting the private, non-profit Human Services Programs in 1987 as an outgrowthof the Emergency Services Department she supervised at the Carroll County Department of Human Services; starting the first county-run shelter for homeless women in 1985, and expanding the program to includeshelters for men and for families
Recipient's comments: "This is not just what I do. We all work together and it's a common project and purpose. None of us could do it alone. I would like for the product(of the Housing Policy Commission) to be the beginning of a real plan and time line to provide more affordable housing in Carroll County -- and rental housing. Most of the population I have the biggest concern about can't afford to buy a house. They have a hard time paying the rent. We've got to do something locally about the 2 percent (apartment) vacancy rate. Those are probably really idealistic hopes for participating in any group, but you have to start somewhere."
Nominations: Call 876-8771, 857-0550 or (800) 829-8000 between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. Mondays; you also can FAX your information to 876-0233.