Greg Dickinson, 51, of Clinton, recently earned the Presidential Award for Disabled Clintonian of the Year.
Greg was raised on a farm near Sabula with seven brothers and sisters. He graduated from East Central High School in Miles in 1978.
He attended Mt. St. Clare College and received an associate of arts degree in 1981. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1983 from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids.
Throughout his life, Greg has had a mild form of autism. At an Oct. 1 banquet, the Clinton Coalition for Disabled Persons honored him for being an active member of the community. The coalition said he was given this honor because he has “brightened the community in so many ways and has been a contributing citizen.”
During the years, Greg has shared his art with the Clinton community and surrounding communities. His work is shown in area galleries and in the Quad-City area. Greg painted the murals on Rastrelli’s restaurant and at the corner of North Second Street and Main Avenue.
He is responsible for painting flowers on the large boulder at the corner of Bluff Boulevard and Harts Mill Road. Greg said he is happy to use his art degree in Clinton.
Greg is also a carrier for the Clinton Herald. He has delivered the newspaper for almost 16 years. He enjoys delivering papers and helping the area stay informed.
Greg was humbled to receive the award. He is thankful to the person who nominated him. He enjoyed the banquet and the warm reception he received from those attending. He said people have been very supportive of him during his life, including his family.
He has lived in his current apartment for almost 10 years and he thanked everyone at Pathways Living Center.
Greg feels without the support of those in the community, none of his accomplishments would have been possible.