After numerous nominations received, the North Charleston Citizen Advisory Council has selected Bill Stanfield as the 2011 North Charleston Citizen of the Year. Each year, North Charleston residents are nominated to identify, honor, and reinforce the activities of exceptional citizens whose service or performance positively contributes to the quality of life in North Charleston.
It is necessary for Citizen of the Year recipients to possess and demonstrate a generous community spirit, prove their commitment, and display a consistent effort of positively impacting the community, thereby raising the standards of social responsibility.
Bill Stanfield resides in the Chicora-Cherokee community with his wife Evelyn and two sons. He is an associate minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church and the cofounder of the Metanoia Community Development Corporation.
Mr. Stanfield’s work with Metanoia has been instrumental in implementing many programs leading to direct advancements of our communities, including student leadership programs, housing development for depressed neighborhoods, minority contractor training, and a production kitchen for culinary arts job training. In addition, Metanoia is currently renovating two buildings on Reynolds Avenue in an effort to spark commercial revitalization.
North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey stated, “I met Bill years ago through his work in the community, where he remains a source of encouragement for the Chicora-Cherokee area.” He continued, “It is wonderful to have leaders, like Bill, working in concert to improve the quality of life in the southern end of the City. I cannot think of a more deserving individual to receive this honor.”