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March 23, 2012—Audra Fordin, owner of Great Bear Auto Repair and Body Shop in Flushing, N.Y., was recently honored by two organizations in her local community.

The Nassau Council of Girl Scouts honored Fordin March 18 during the organization’s Adult Recognition Awards ceremony for her volunteer service to Girl Scouts. Fordin has been a Girl Scout troop leader for six years. She also developed programs to educate girl scouts about auto repair and environmental responsibility, which have been running for two years.

“With all the recognition I get for my business activities, I have to say that this one makes me so proud. This one gives me more recognition from my children,” Fordin said.

In addition, Capital One Bank New York Women’s Network awarded Fordin with its 2012 “Women Who Rock” award, which is meant to celebrate Women’s History Month. She was nominated as a result of her efforts to empower others through automotive education. Fordin works with several educational and environmental programs in which she hosts workshops and seminars to educate and mentor women, and individuals with disabilities.

Fordin, who founded “Women Auto Know” in 2009—an automotive educational organization for women—is a fourth generation owner of Great Bear Auto Repair and Body Shop. She also serves as a member of FenderBender’s 2012-2013 editorial advisory board. For more information, visit

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