The Church Women United Human Rights Award is given annually by the local unit and recognized nationally. This year's award honors a person who had been active in promoting peace.
Tana Durnbaugh is the 2009 recipient of the Elgin-South Elgin Church Women United Human Rights Award. Her peace and justice ministry includes activities with Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice, Christian Peace Makers and the Friends in Chicago. She works with the Honduran Mission Project of Northern Illinois and serves on the board of Pinecrest Community in Mount Morris, Ill.
Durnbaugh is a retired nurse educator. She earned her master's and doctorate at Northern Illinois University, specializing in gerontology. Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin is her home church where she chairs the Stewardship Formation Ministry Group. She currently co-teaches a Sunday school class on "living simply."
Her husband, Bob Durnbaugh, former executive director of the Elgin Choral Union, passed away in 2003. The couple was very active in the Elgin community, volunteering for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Elgin Symphony Orchestra and others.