Mayor Chris Koos made the announcement during the Town’s annual Appreciation Reception and Presentation of the 66th Annual Citizen of the Year honoree on Wednesday night, saying that
Dodie was being acknowledged for “going above and beyond to help kids in a variety of ways: from coaching them in sports and in life, to helping them with school issues or just about any challenge facing teens.” Mr. Dunson was described as a modest, humble, passionate and genuine person.
Koos mentioned that Dodie’s impact has reached countless lives, positively impacting youth and their families throughout the community. “I can’t think of any resident who is more deserving of recognition for his influence on this community and guiding young people to become our future leaders,” stated Koos.
Mr. Dunson is a Bloomington native who resides in Normal. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1978 and started working at the Lawrence Irvin Neighborhood Center in 1975.
Mr. Dunson serves as the Director of Family Engagement at the Boys and Girls Club and has spent a good part of his life mentoring youth. He is known to so many people as a quiet yet impactful leader, someone who gives his all to make a positive difference in young people’s lives, helping them reach their goals.
He is married to Jaci, and they have two sons, Dodie Jr (32) and Brandon (29).