Stella Sytnik, 2019 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, one of the republics of the former Soviet Union, Stella is a proud US citizen and has lived in Camden County for almost 30 years. She has resided in Voorhees since 1994 with her husband, Alexander, and their two sons; Walter and Alan.

Stella considers herself an educator and community leader, and has found a way to celebrate her unique and diverse heritage by serving on multiple Camden County boards. These boards share the mission to foster a unified society that appreciates people from diverse cultures, races, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.

She has the privilege of being appointed to help local government by serving on the Voorhees Township Planning and Economic Development Board, as a commissioner on the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority Board, as the vice-chair of the Camden County Cultural Heritage and Historic Preservation Commission, and as a founding president and CEO of the Voorhees Cultural Diversity Foundation.

After years of business experience and several years of teaching ESL to international students at Camden County College as an adjunct professor, Stella has recently been appointed chair of the newly-formed Camden County Cultural Awareness Commission (CCCAC). In this role she will carry out the mission of diversifying thought and progress throughout all 37 municipalities of Camden County.

For Stella’s leadership and successful presentation of 2018 International Day, she was honored by the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders and presented with a proclamation. She also received this proclamation for her outstanding and dynamic leadership, and for helping local government in public affairs to cultivate diverse values and cultural education in the community. Most recently, Stella was honored by the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly through a joint legislative resolution awarded for her meritorious community service to the residents of South Jersey.