Building a Culture for Learning

Each year, Champions For Learning awards a Heart of the Apple in recognition of sustained and committed leadership in support of building the culture of learning in our community through the mission of Champions For Learning.

2022-2023 Heart of the Apple Recipient

Helping young adults achieve their greatest protentional is something Gary Personette excels at. Gary has been a volunteer with Champions For Learning for over ten years, starting with the Golden Gate High School pilot program. During his time, he has mentored five Champions For Learning students. Gary has been a Board member, an Ambassador, a selection committee volunteer, a financial aid coach, and an event volunteer.

Gary was instrumental in bringing the successful Incubator EDU Entrepreneurship program to public schools throughout Collier County, preparing young people in an ever-changing global environment to be creative and resilient problem solvers and critical thinkers. As a former Wealth Manager for Wells Fargo, Gary exemplifies excellence both in the community and professionally.

Past Heart of the Apple Recipients

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