Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce announces awards finalists; winners to be named Jan. 26
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Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce President Amanda Funaro, left, and Events Director Laura Brackenridge go over the finalists for the chamber awards.

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND— The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its three annual service awards.

The finalists will be honored and winners announced at a brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Fort Worden Commons.

Tickets to the brunch are $25 each, with event sponsorships available.

Finalists for the perennial Citizen of the Year and Business Leader of the Year awards, and the Young Professional of the Year award — now in its second year — were announced Tuesday.

Nominated for 2013 Citizen of the Year are:

■   Heather Dudley Nolette, Co-Lab co-founder.

■   Le Hornbeck, president of the Rotary Club of Port Townsend.

■ Bill James, past president and vice president of Rotary Club of Port Townsend and member of the Olympic Community Action Programs board.

■ Ian Keith, Port Townsend Library advisory board member and community volunteer.

Nominees for the Tim Caldwell Business Leader of the Year Award are:

■   Michael Haberpointer of Active Life and Physical Therapy.

■   Sport Townsend's Susan Jacob.

■   Finnriver Farm co-owner Crystie Kisler.

The three nominees for Young Professional of the Year are:

■   Life in Harmony owner Annalisa Barelli.

■   Jefferson County YMCA Director Erica Delma.

■   Chauncey Tudhope-Locklear, who manages the ReCyclery.

The Citizen of the Year Award is for “people who have done a lot of valuable volunteer work who should be recognized for their citizenship,” said chamber President Amanda Funaro.

“For business leader, we are looking for someone who has contributed to the economic growth of the community, are innovative and know what it is to be a leader,” she said.

“The business award gives us an opportunity to honor people who are doing something innovative with their businesses and are inspiring others by raising the bar of what can be done,” she said.

The Young Professional Award nominees have already made a mark at a young age and are determined to make a difference in the future, Funaro said.

“The Young Professional nominees will be the ones getting Business Leader of the Year or Citizen of the Year awards 20 years down the road,” she said.

Potential honorees are nominated by members of the public

Rotary and Kiwanis service clubs make the selection for Citizen of the Year award, while a Chamber of Commerce subcommittee selects nominees for the other two awards.

“This recognition will hopefully inspire the winners to reflect upon their accomplishments,” Funaro said.

“It can inspire them to use their leadership to mentor others in the community to be more innovative and collaborative.”

For information or reservations to the brunch, phone Laura Brackenridge at 360-385-7869.


Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or

Last modified: January 14. 2014 7:09PM
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