The deadline is fast approaching for nominations for the 2021 Clallam County Community Service Award.
Over the past year, the extraordinary pressures on all aspects of life from the COVID-19 pandemic have led members of our community to step up to help their neighbors.
The award presented by the Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club and the Peninsula Daily News is one way of seeing their accomplishments recognized.
Nominations for the 42nd edition of the awards must be made using the accompanying coupon and must be submitted to the PDN – or made online using the coupon at www.peninsuladaily news.com/community- service-award – before 5 p.m. this next Tuesday.
A letter describing the merits and accomplishments of the nominee must be attached to the coupon.
The nomination must include supporting documents, such as copies (not originals) of other awards, newspaper articles or letters of support.
Anyone living in County Clallam can be nominated. Past Community Service Award recipients are not eligible for a 2021 award. But those who have already been nominated but not selected for a community service award are eligible for re-nomination.
A panel of judges will review the nominations and select one to seven people to receive a Community Service Award at an evening reception in Port Angeles on Thursday, October 21.
Past recipients of the Community Service Award have organized community efforts to clean up waterways, served as literacy guardians, raised funds for disabled, protected animals, organized food programs for hungry and helped victims of crime and their families, Founded a cancer survivor support group, built a play area for children with special needs, and helped establish teen activity centers.
âEach year, the recipients are recognized for their positive impact on this wonderful community they call home,â said Terry Ward, editor of the Peninsula Daily News.
“Our hope for these awards is to bring attention to their contributions to the betterment of County Clallam and, in the process, hopefully inspire a new generation of community volunteers.”
If you have any questions about the program, please call Ward on his direct number, 360-417-3500 (if he’s not there, leave a voicemail message) or email Ward at [emailÂ protected]
Jayson Grice – A longtime community volunteer, he has been instrumental in various Nor’Wester Rotary projects such as the Skate Park and the restoration of the murals in downtown Port Angeles.
Gary Gleason – Gleason has served on the Clallam County Planning Commission, Discovery Trails Advisory Board, CCH Individualized Support Services, Clallam County School Retirees ‘Association (CCSRA), and Washington State School Retirees’ Association.
Donald McIntyre – Better known in the northern Olympic Peninsula as Santa Claus, he volunteered for the role for about 50 years, 15 of which were as a Toys for Tots Goodwill Ambassador.
Tim Tucker – A long-time volunteer, best known for his work at sporting events.
Cherie Kidd – A three-term Port Angeles City Council member and former mayor, Kidd is a longtime volunteer and organizer who has left her mark on the city of Port Angeles.
River Jensen – The winner of the Youth category, she has raised donations and created Christmas bags for those in need since the age of 10.