Organizational Champion since December 2014
Chris Jackson developed Pedals 4People so that low income families could have access to bicycles. “The goal of Pedals 4 People is to build stronger communities by providing reconditioned bicycles to those who can’t afford them,” says Jackson, the driving force behind Pedals 4People. The bicycles are donated from members of the community who may have outgrown their bikes, or no longer need them.
Jackson offers whatever tools necessary to the organization’s new bike owners to ensure biking remains a part of their lifestyle. “Whether it’s a simple repair, or providing a new seat for riding comfort, my goal is to begin a habit of riding into people’s lives who were previous unable to do so,” he says.
“The benefits of riding a bike are extensive,” says Jackson. “Aside from the obvious physical improvement benefits, people who ride a bike also improve their confidence, mental state and emotional well-being.”
After Jackson learned about Healthy Monadnock, he thought that Pedals 4People would be a perfect fit for the Organizational Champions program. “It only made sense that Pedals 4People join forces with Healthy Monadnock and work together to build the healthiest community possible by the year 2020,” says Jackson.
Jackson, who is also an Individual Champion, is a 2000 graduate of Keene State College and has been a resident of Keene since 1996. Jackson and his family (wife, Dayna and two sons, Ryan, 10, and Conner, 8, and their dog Harley) live in downtown Keene. His wife teaches at Jaffrey Middle School and Jackson is the marketing manager at Dahle North America in Peterborough. Jackson also serves on the Keene Cal Ripken Board of Directors and coaches during all three seasons of play
His involvement in community service began when he was a student at Keene State as a member of their Habitat for Humanity chapter. He participated in four (trip leader for two) Alternative Spring Break trips that travel to other parts of the country to assist in building affordable housing for low-income families. These experiences, says Jackson, helped change his perspective on how community involvement can help change the lives of others.
“Being a positive role model for health and wellness, as well as community service, encourages others to follow suit,” says Jackson. “To me, that’s what the Champion’s program is all about.”
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