LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College’s Amy Canfield was honored with the Idaho’s Brightest Stars Award for a Teacher/Professor in the state during the organization’s annual awards ceremony earlier this month in Boise.
The Brightest Stars Award was founded in 2001 to recognize unsung heroes throughout the state who volunteer on behalf of their fellow Idahoans. The purpose of the awards program is to affirm and encourage active volunteer participation by citizens of all ages throughout the state. The awards honor volunteers in the categories of individuals, non-profit/civic organizations, student, teacher/professor, veteran, and individuals 55 and over.
Canfield, an associate professor in history, has worked at LCSC since the fall of 2008. Her courses on U.S. History focus on women’s history, American Indian history, and public history.
Canfield is involved with many community organizations, serving on the board of directors of local non-profit organizations and state board and councils, including the Lewiston Civic Theater and Idaho Humanities Council. She encourages her students to be active in civic engagement and to get involved with issues they are passionate about.
In nominating Canfield for the award, Charlette Kremer, director of LCSC grants and contracts, said Canfield “promotes a strong element of civic engagement with her students to be active citizens, engaging in campaigns, speaking up on issues in the community and voting. She does this with an inspirational flair which motivates students to speak up and get involved in the issues about which they feel strongly.”
During the past three years, Canfield has facilitated or held reenactments of historical significance on civil rights on the LCSC campus. The topics were researched and developed by her students.
Canfield is the advisor to the Women In Lasting Leadership Club, co-advisor of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club and co-organizer of Women’s History Month activities on campus. She’s also an avid Elvis Presley fan.
The Idaho’s Brightest Stars Awards are presented annually by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, which is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor. Since its inception, LCSC has had five groups or individuals honored.
The award was originally called the Governor’s Brightest Stars until 2015 when it changed to Idaho’s Brightest Stars.