Bolingbrook Village Trustee to Receive Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award

The Bolingbrook Area Chamber of commerce will honor Sandra Swinkunas with its Lifetime Achievement Award and Pat Fiaccato with the Business Leadership Award.

Bolingbrook Village Trustee Sandra Swinkunas and Pat Fiaccato, of Nancy's Pizza in Bolingbrook, will be honored at the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce's ninth annual Best of Bolingbrook Business Awards March 8. 

Swinkunas will receive the chamber's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Fiaccato will receive the Business Leadership Award 

“Individuals like Swinkunas and Fiaccato are why Bolingbrook continues to be a vibrant place to live and to do business in the region," said Tom Castagnoli, general manager of The Promenade Bolingbrook and chairman of Bolingbrook Chamber’s Board of Directors, in a chamber release. 

"The Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce is privileged to have them involved in our community and lives...Many of us have had the honor of working closely with both of these individuals and hold them in the highest regard." 

Editor's note: The following bios were included in a Bolingbrook chamber release. 

Sandra Swinkunas

Sandra Swinkunas has been a resident of Bolingbrook since 1983. One of the first things she did after moving to Bolingbrook was to apply to be a commissioner for the Civic and Cultural Affairs Commission.  In 1993, she was elected to her first term as a Bolingbrook Trustee; since then she has served five consecutive terms (20 years). Sandy has been committed to helping the residents of Bolingbrook in good times and in bad. 

As a member and chair of the Public Safety Committee for the Village, she is committed to making Bolingbrook “A Place to Grow”, and safely. Besides the Public Safety, she is also a member of the Public Works Committee.

Swinkunas earned her BS in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.  She then earned her MS in Gifted Education from National Louis University and taught in the Valley View School District for 24 years before retiring in 2004.  For the past nine years, Swinkunas has enjoyed being a Substitute Teacher in the District.

Swinkunas keeps herself busy with community events, friends, and family. She is a member of Westbrook Christian Church where she serves as team captain during church services, helps out with a Sunday school class, and volunteers for many activities within the church as well as mission trips. She has been a member of the Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation for many years serving as a Board member and as the Fund Raising Chair for 13 years. She has also served on the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation Fund Raising Committee, and the Will County Cares Advisory Group.

Pat Fiaccato

Upon moving to Bolingbrook in 1981, Pat Fiaccato opened Pat’s Pals, a State Licensed Home Pre-School / Day Care in the Indian Oaks Subdivision.  For 25 years Pat’s Pals Preschool/Day Care provided a safe nurturing educational environment for parents and families of Bolingbrook and the surrounding communities. Her commitment to children has been long and steadfast throughout her career as a small business owner and that commitment carried over to the various activities and committees in which she served as a volunteer and committee member during the years of raising her family. 

In December of 2003 the Fiaccato family purchased Nancy’s Pizza in Bolingbrook and developed a Mission and Vision Statement to be an active community partner and “Pay It Forward” by being personally and corporately involved in community organizations that benefit the youth of the community. 

As the family representative of Nancy’s Pizza, she has offered her personal and professional service to organizations which give back to the youth of the community. Each of the organizations she has partnered with offer a wide variety of important services to the youth and families of Bolingbrook and the surrounding areas.  Fiaccato has also served as a Board Member of the Rotary Club of Bolingbrook, a Board Member of Exchange Club of Bolingbrook Community, Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook /Romeoville, Take Back the Night of Northern Will County Bolingbrook as Community Representative and the Bolingbrook Women’s Club and has formerly served as a committee member of Character Counts Coalition of Bolingbrook / Romeoville.  In addition the Fiaccato family are annual sponsors to Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation, Fountaindale Public Library, White Oak Public Library, Naperville Public Library, H20, DuCap, Power Connection, Take Back the Night, American Cancer Annual Relay for Life, and Families in Transition. 

An active member of the Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce serving on the Board of Directors as Board Liaison of Program & Signature Events she also volunteers her time to serve as a sitting committee member on many of the many Chamber events.  

Marie February 01, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Congratulations to two of the BEST women in Bolingbrook that deserve these awards. Thank you for what you do and what you have done to help our community!
poker face March 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM
I heard they are re-stuffing swinekunis's chair for the next trustee. Is this true? Also this article stated Fiaccoto bought Nancy's Pizza. When she was awarded outstanding restaurant of the year award years back it was made to believe she was the originator! I still say the pizza did not warrent the best restaurant award. Citizen of the year award would be more likely. Then the Mongolian Restaurant now the best. I've been there, it's overated. I was not impressed. But again I see, maybe you all don't the connections here. The Chamber president is the Mall MGR! Now people argue w/me that these awards are due to what they give to the community.SOOO what did Mongo give back? A history tid bit: Did you know that the Mongolian Gengis Kahn and his bandits would bind their horse and have sex w/ them while they were ravaging the country sides.


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