Rick Wernick, was a beloved member of the Novato community. He believed that people could come together with the intent to learn from one another and build a future.
In 2019, Rick passed away after a long battle with cancer. Even whilst ill, Rick continued to support Novato, and few organizations received his endorsement as devotedly as the Leadership Novato Program.
Designed to bring people together, Leadership Novato is meant to train, empower and support future leaders of the North Bay. For 9 months, students learn how they can play an active role in their communities. For over 30 Years, Leadership Novato has produced empowered individuals. In loving and reverent memory of Rick Wernick (LN'2008), the Novato Chamber would like to open the Rick Wernick Memorial Scholarship Fund. In his name, we intend to support ANY STUDENT who wants to stand up and take on community, take on responsibility and begin shaping tomorrow. In the memory of our dear friend we open the Rick Wernick Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Learn More About Leadership Novato!
Leadership Novato is a community-based institution created to help residents and business owners become leaders. It is a program created in partnership between the Novato Chamber and the Novato Unified School District, Novato Fire Protection District, North Marin Water District, Novato Sanitary District, and the City of Novato (est. 1990). Students go through a 9-month course and learn about all the aspects that go into making a community function. From Water to Transportation to History to Travel and more. The Program is not a revenue source for the Novato Chamber.