Greg Giles, executive director/ceo of the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, was honored as the recipient of the 2018 Donald G. Jones Leadership Alumni Award during the Leadership Fond du Lac Completion Awards Ceremony and Community Project Presentation on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Fond du Lac.


The Donald G. Jones Leadership Award was created in 2001 and honors the former area businessman who played a major role in founding and supporting the Leadership Fond du Lac program. This award, made possible by National Exchange Bank and Trust, recognizes a past graduate of the Leadership Fond du Lac program for the effort they have put forth in helping improve their community through volunteer service and utilization of their leadership abilities.


Giles has given 15 years of dedicated service to the Greater Fond du Lac community. While his community involvement is widespread, all of his involvement can be directly tied back to his passion to strengthen families and strengthen community. He is the past board president of Loaves and Fishes in Fond du Lac where he is credited with redesigning the way the program serves the community to ensure its sustainability. He currently serves on the Fond du Lac City Council, Healthy Fond du Lac 2020 Steering Committee, Fond du Lac Housing Authority, School Resource Officer committee and is a founding partner of Fondy 100 Gives. On a professional level, he has served on the YMCA State Alliance board of directors and chaired their Public Policy committee.


He finds himself truly blessed to have a career that impacts families and aligns perfectly with the values he holds near and dear to his heart. “While balancing a career, family and community involvement will always be a struggle, I’ve found it important to have a clear understanding of what’s important to me,” shared Greg Giles. “If it doesn’t connect to my family, community or work, I don’t invest myself in it.”


His involvement with Leadership Fond du Lac began on his third day on the job with the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. “Leadership Fond du Lac has been a true testament of a community coming together,” added Giles. “I believe my experience through Leadership Fond du Lac helped to set the stage for conversations between the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club, ultimately leading to a collaborative community facility.”


Giles shared these words of advice with the Leadership Fond du Lac Class of 2018: “Dream Big. The bigger the idea, the better it is. People will come together to help, but don’t stop short before the conversation truly starts.”


Leadership Fond du Lac, a program of Envision Greater Fond du Lac, is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 class, a nine-month program that provides information and experience to individuals who are willing to commit to serving their community. Accepted applicants learn about local institutions and issues and put their skills and knowledge to use through the required small-group Community Project. Through the program, individuals develop leadership, interpersonal and communications skills, and develop a strong network throughout the community. For more information, contact Envision Greater Fond du Lac at (920) 921-9500.