Superior Councilor Jenny Van Sickle earned the first Community Choice Award, Women of Excellence.

She was among four finalists selected for the award through the Wisconsin Leadership Summit.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior who earned a degree in social work, Van Sickle is the only person of color serving on the Superior City Council. She’s an Alaskan Native of Tlingit and Athabaskan heritage.

Van Sickle was nominated for the award for her advocacy on behalf of indigenous people, the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community and work on voter outreach.

Councilor Ruth Ludwig and Van Sickle co-sponsored an ordinance in Superior that prohibits the use of conversion therapy for people with non-traditional gender identities that was adopted in August, the same month Van Sickle supported the efforts of the Mayor’s Commission for Communities of Color to formally recognize the federal Columbus Day holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day in Superior.

The nomination highlights her support of union and trade groups, she said.

Van Sickle has represented Itasca, Allouez and a portion of East End since she was first elected to the Council in 2017.

“For those that don’t know, I’m excited to introduce Superior to our friends across the state,” Van Sickle said. “Superior is a place of education, culture, history, innovation and a bold example of a community unwilling to turn back. There’s something very alive in our City right now, and I’m thankful to be a small part of that progress.”

The award will be given during a ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Madison.