NEWS: KC Parks Melinda Minks Named 2020 World Citizen

NEWS: KC Parks Melinda Minks Named 2020 World Citizen

KC Parks very own Melinda Minks is the 2020 World Citizen nominated by the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City.  This prestigious award has been given for decades to a Kansas City area resident who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to promoting international peace, justice, and community in accord with the spirit of the principles and mission of the United Nations.

Melinda Minks has been working at KC Parks for 57 years, serving from everything from a Playground Supervisor-to a Community Center Director. Currently Minks is the Cultural Arts Associate, is responsible for the Ethnic Enrichment Festival and is the Vice-Chair of Sister City Association of Kansas City, MO.

“The men and women involved in the Ethnic Enrichment Commission are some of the finest I have ever worked with. They go the extra mile until the job is completed,” says Minks.  She adds “Our Sister City organization is one that has the individual Sister Cities putting Kansas City’s best foot forward. From student exchanges with Kurashiki, Japan to Jazz Orchestra exchanges with Hannover, Germany, there is a common bond, people wanting to share and learn.”

The award will be officially presented by the Mayor at a virtual event on Monday, October 26th at 7 pm CST.  The event is free but requires registration.  Here’s is the link for 49th Annual Mayor’s UN Day Celebration. To register for the virtual event please go to:

There is also an opportunity to join a conversation with the 2020 World Citizen awardee Melinda Minks of the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission (Festival). Learn about her work in Kansas City and her dedication to connecting Kansas City to the World, on Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM CST. Registration for that conversation can be found here,

About United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City:
The Mission of the UNA-GKC, a Project of the Better World Fund (BWF), is to inform through education; inspire, and mobilize Americans and others in the Greater Kansas City area to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations; and to promote active US participation in the United Nations through encouragement of our elected representatives to the Congress of the United States.