Anti-bullying group’s founder honored

Published 7:57 am Thursday, November 15, 2012

Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold speaks to volunteers about CNN media releases during the Community Against Bullying meeting earlier this year at Neveln Elementary School. -- Herald file photo

The founder of Austin’s Community Against Bullying is getting recognition from the Minnesota Jaycees.

Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold, a Jaycees member, was named one of the 10 Oustanding Young Minnesotans for 2012.

“She’s found something she firmly believes in and all she’s really trying to do is let everyone else know about it,” said Mike Chavez, former president of the Austin Jaycees and statesman to the state organization.

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Chavez nominated Borgerson-Nesvold for the award earlier this year, citing her work with CAB in Austin Public Schools and throughout the community.

Borgerson-Nesvold started the group in February of last year after her son was bullied, and found dozens of parents, district staff and concerned community members interested in starting anti-bullying efforts in Austin. CAB brought anti-bullying speaker The Scary Guy to Austin last fall and is working to create a month-long anti-bullying awareness event called Paint the Town Orange to Austin next October.

“It makes me realize that we’re making a big dent,” Borgerson-Nesvold said of the honor. “It’s because not only me but just a lot of people that have joined the campaign.”

Borgerson-Nesvold has also served as past president of the Austin Jaycees as well as regional director in the Jaycees. She will receive her award on Dec. 1, and is qualified to be named one of the 10 Outstanding Young Americans for 2012.