Allen Stryczek and his wife Suzanne moved to Edgewater in 1981, the year they were married. They almost immediately joined the Edgewater Community Council. He learned effective community activism from those who already had proven local leadership, while helping save the lakefront Berger Park mansions. At the same time he embraced his parish, St. Gertrude. Serving as parish council president, he coordinated the first parish long-range plan and directed a parish census hoping to enhance community spirit.
After retirement, he volunteered to chair the Edgewater Beautiful Committee. In 2007 he initiated Edgewater Earth Day, which evolved into a region-wide collaboration with Loyola University. Edgewater Beautiful morphed into the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project. Its goal is to raise community awareness of environmental concerns and take action.
Allen also encourages interreligious dialogue. In early 2015, he helped re-ignite the Edgewater Community Religious Association “Sacred Seeds” series with a Muslim-Jewish-Christian conversation on the environment.
Even with all of Allen’s community involvement, he and Suzanne have also been foster parents to eight children in their 35 years of marriage.
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