CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES!
And thank you to everyone that nominated these exceptional individuals and groups!
Dawn Boyea – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Jolyn Hobson – Young Life
Sam and Carolina Lachman – 4-H & FFA Boosters
Muddy Buddyz 4-H leaders and parents: Kimberly Abel, Krista Lathrop, Jacob & Janelle Snyder, Shannon Spinelli
Doug LaMunyan – CHS Principal
Don Lee – Grantham Elementary Principal
Dawn Smith – Exec Director, SEWEDA
Gwen Smith – CHS Performing Arts Booster
Math Ubachs – 4-H leader
Matthew Ubachs – 4-H Leader
Hollie Williams – CHS paraprofessional
ADULT AWARD WINNERS
Nominated by Jon Warwick, ACYC member
Karen Kessler has been a very important part of this community. She has been with a non profit organization called the ROC for 7 years. She has helped it from its beginning to now its close at the end of May. The ROC has helped hundreds of people over the last few years. She has been on call 24/7 for this time to help with any needs the vulnerable people may need. She will stop what she is doing to make sure the less fortunate people have shelter and food for the night. Has bought many meals out of her own pocket. Even though the ROC is closing I know she will continue to help the people of this valley.
Karen is also a peer Mentor for the relative and foster care families in this valley. She meets with them and encourages them in their work. She also continues to give back as a CASA court appointed advocate for the children in foster care. In addition to all of that she is a Stephens Minister and trainer for her church Cross Pointe. All of these things and more are a great reason to nominate Mrs. Kessler.
Nominated by Jon Warwick, Jody Ubachs, Keely Ubachs
Lisa Ubachs is truly one of a kind. She is continuously giving to our community and never once is she asking for anything in return. For 20 years, she has provided a loving home for hundreds of foster kids of all ages. She treats every kid as if they are her own giving them her whole heart. Along with the children, she loves the biological parents and fosters them so that they themselves have a chance to be successful. After a child returns to their parent, Lisa stays involved in the family’s life, understanding that love has no ends and, though not always wanting to be forgiving of prior actions. Everyone deserves second chances. Whether it is picking up and dropping off these kids for school, driving the family to doctors’ appointments, buying Christmas and birthday presents, attending school celebrations or inviting them to holiday events, she is there as a support and to advocate.
Lisa is also a 4-H volunteer at the county and state level. She has one of the largest 4-H clubs in Asotin County. She hosts weekly meetings at her home for each project and meets one on one with families that want the extra help. She provides space for kids to keep their animals so that everyone has the same opportunity regardless of their living situations. This has allowed many kids who would never have had the chance to participate in different 4-H projects. Lisa is also an advisor for the Washington State 4-H Ambassadors. She travels all over the state providing transportation, meals, guidance, and much more!
Lisa brings so much to our community and without her there would be many people that would not have the opportunities that they do. Intentional or not, she brings people together and gives them a place to call home.
Nominated by John Heley, Asotin Middle School Principal
Tim volunteered his time to lead the Asotin School’s Science Olympiad team. Aside from the logistics of organizing a team, he taught kids about the associated principles of science, procured donations, and led weekly meetings from August to April. He was the driving force in helping more than 12 students compete and expand their STEM knowledge. Through Tim’s timeless efforts, Asotin students achieved results: 2 first place, one second place and one third place medal, all at the State level! There were five medals at the state competition earned by schools in Eastern Washington and thanks to Tim the kids in Asotin earned 4 of them.