“I want to see my community improve”

She even ran for Hamilton City Council in 2021 and doesn’t view the loss as a failed bid for office, but rather it opened up more opportunities for her to contribute to her city.

“I really feel like I got to know the city a lot better to be able to contribute to it. I ran this (city council) because I wanted to contribute to the city. Honestly, I feel like I’m accomplishing that,” she said. “I feel like I’m able to give back, but it’s in a very different way.”

That’s why she receives the Legacy Award for Outstanding Community Involvement at the Small Business Owner of the Year Luncheon on October 18, presented by the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Marian and Warren Wohlafka of SANE Sewing & Housewares will be honored as Small Business of the Year.

Latta-Landefeld said being involved is exactly what she does. That’s how she was raised, or as she put it, “That’s where we come from.”

“It’s deeply rooted in our values, that if you want something done, you roll up your sleeves and get involved,” she said of her parents’ influence. “It’s really just this ethic of ‘I’m going to speak, but I’m also speaking to say how can I help? “”

But she is not alone, because the city is, in part, managed by volunteers. Latta-Landefeld said people don’t know which part of the city is run with input from residents. The City of Hamilton knows, however, what “makes it a special place,” said Mallory Greenham, Hamilton’s deputy city manager.

“This city is one of the best places to live, in my opinion, because of all the volunteer groups, service organizations, arts organizations, citizens, small businesses and everyone who makes it a special place,” Greenham said during Thursday night’s State of the City address.

Latta-Landefeld has a bit of a nerdy civic side, as she was recently reviewing a master plan for a town she couldn’t remember, just to see how it compared to Hamilton’s plan. In this plan, there was the question: “How to involve the residents? »

“It was amazing to me (and I thought), ‘Wait, don’t people just get involved?’ Why is this a hard thing (for other communities) to understand just because my experience here has been so much about “Whoever wants to be there, let’s bring them to the table”.

Then it’s because I live here. I joined Hamilton because I live here. It affects me personally, even though I don’t have extended family living here. I want to see my community improve.


SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BANQUET

The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce will honor Small Business of the Year, Marian and Warren Wohlafka of SANE Sewing & Housewares, and Kristina Latta-Landefeld, winner of the Hamilton Heritage Award for Outstanding Community Involvement, on October 18 at 11:45 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton.

The cost to attend is $30 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and can be done at tinyurl.com/2022SmallBizPersonOfTheYear.

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