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West Marion Community Forum

The best thing about the Forum is that it allows you to dream.
— Paula Swepson-Avery, Executive Director of the West Marion Community Forum, Inc.
 

Our Mission

The mission of the West Marion Community Forum, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of our residents and overcome racial barriers by building bridges in McDowell. We do this by showing compassion, advocating for political change, promoting economic development, sharing resources, empowering youth, and creating equitable outcomes for all.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a healthy and equitable West Marion. A place where residents are engaged to become leaders to create change through new businesses, empowered youth, affordable housing, teaching gardens, and a community center that honors our ancestors and creates opportunities for our future.

 
 
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Who We Are

This forum is proudly lead by a diverse steering committee who work hard to move the community’s vision into action and drive meaningful changes in West Marion.

 
 

Board Members

  • Dawna Ledbetter, Board Chair, McDowell County Senior Center

  • Billy Martin, Vice Chair, Housing Working Group and Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Marion

  • Ray McKesson, Treasurer

  • Phyllis McKesson, Board Secretary

  • Heather Cotton, Community At Large Board Member, Housing Working Group, and City of Marion

Advisory Board

  • Thressa O'neal, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group

  • Vickey Stinson, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group

  • Paula Fowler, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group

  • Belinda Young, Healthy Eating and Active Living Working Group

  • Alexus Boykins, Project Revive

  • Emily Roberts, Local Food Advisory Council

  • Alesia Ferguson, Childcare Working Group

  • Monika Hayes, Childcare Working Group

Our Partners