Kim Simes Receives Hometown Hero Award

Kim Simes is this week’s WUL Hometown Hero.  She is the Director of Special Events for a nationwide organization, Family Equality.  Kim has received the award “For her Leadership in making a difference for LGBTQ and all families in the community, for her tireless efforts to help those in need, for her past volunteer work on the Whitewater Fire Department Rescue team, and for the caring and love she puts into all of her volunteer activities.” 

Just some of the accolades about Kim include, “Kim is one of the strongest leaders I know in the LGBT world and has helped so many youth and adults understand how important they are. I look at Kim as my mentor in life and often ask myself ‘what would Kim do?’ Kim goes out of her way to make sure everyone knows they deserve love and are comfortable with exactly who they are.  Not an easy thing in a small community, but you feel her love the moment you meet her. Kim deserves this award for a million reasons.”

Kim and her wife Robin live in Whitewater with their two daughters.  

Kim said, “We live in a community full of love and strength and grace. I am grateful every day for ‘our village.’ Thank you to Whitewater Unites Lives and everyone involved for ensuring that we take good care of each other!”

WUL (Whitewater Unites Lives) is a locally-focused civil and human rights group that works to connect the people in our community and to create opportunities for all people to learn and support each other in our common humanity.   

Anyone who would like to nominate a local hero of any age should send their nomination, with a short description, to 

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