Chamber Awards Annual Honors

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Ian McGaughey

Congratulations to the special honorees whose contributions to Seldovia were noted at last weeks’ Annual Awards Dinner, presented by the Seldovia Chamber of Commerce. It was a terrific event attended by roughly 50 people and included a wide-ranging potluck dinner.
We’re fortunate to have so many giving and talented people in our community.

The award winners for 2013 were:

Rose McInnes - CitizenRose McInnes—Citizen of the Year
Rosanna received nominations from the public noting her work at the Post Office, Library, Music Festival and Ukulele Club. Comments on the nomination forms included the following:  Rose has caused the Post Office to be run efficiently and she is always pleasant and helpful to everyone who needs assistance.  Friendly always, Reliable, Trustworthy.  Empathy and Assistance at Post Office, help, above and beyond.  Rose has contributed much time (volunteerism) at the Library, including [extensive work developing video conferencing and promoting children's enrichment].   She’s a volunteer stage assistant at Christmas and the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, plus her work at Dance Club,  Ukulele Club, Library Volunteer, Library video leader, and her amazing contribution to the OWL program at the library,  which fits every age group. She brings a wonderful example of positive energy to every endeavor.

The McInnes family is no stranger to being honored by the Chamber. Rose’s father, Walter McInnes, was one of the first Old Crabs, back in 1998. Other nominees for the Citizen of the Year honor were Damara Burnett, Tim P. Dillon, Mark Janes, Ian McGaughey and Chaz Nichols.

Tim Dillon - BusinessDillon & Dillon Timber & Log Wrights—Business of the Year
Owners Tim and Ila Dillon were noted for their volunteer work and for providing long-term employment for local residents. This is the second time their business has been recognized with this honor.  Tim and Ila are currently working to create a new pavilion for the waterfront and stay active with their construction business throughout the winter, employing many local workers year-round.

Other local organizations nominated for Business or Non-Profit of the Year were Auntie’s Whole Foods Store, Crabpot Grocery, Creationz and the Sea Otter Community Center.

Benjamin Botero - YouthBenjamin Botero—Youth of the Year
This fifth grade student at Susan B English school received comments on his nominations noting his academic achievements in school, sports and as a tutor helping teach younger kids to read.

Other young people nominated were Travis Barratt, Chance Haller, Taylor Haller, Sage Stanish and all of the kids who make up the Sea Otters at Susan B. English School.

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