PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce will honor finalists and announce awards on Saturday night in the Fourth Annual Port Angeles Community Awards.
More than 100 nominations were received this year. The top three finalists in each category were selected by a panel of judges from the community.
The awards will be presented online at 7 p.m. Saturday. To view it, go to PortAngeles.org or the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. The Peninsula Daily News is the award sponsor.
The finalists being honored this year are, in alphabetical order:
Organization of the Year
• Clallam County Economic Development Council — The county EDC stepped up to provide information and resources to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic health, said nominators Dawnya Scarano and John Brewer.
The EDC started the Choose Clallam First website with local resources for business and community members and weekly Coffee with Colleen Zoom chats with the executive director.
• Habitat for Humanity — During a pandemic, Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County completed three houses, with has two more under construction and two more ready to start, said nominators Paul Arndt and Don Brown last fall.
• Port Angeles Police Department — The year of 2020 was “a year of heightened scrutiny of policing practices and standards, and the Port Angeles Police Department responded with increased community engagement and a high level of professionalism,” said Mike French, who nominated the organization for the award.
Citizen of the Year
• Dr. Allison Berry (Unthank) — The Clallam County Health Officer, who led efforts to contain COVID-19 took a part-time job which turned into a 24/7 duty during the pandemic, provided regular community updates on the pandemic and created and installed a contact-tracing network, said nominators Christopher Thomsen, Jessica Grello, Navarra Carr and Trisha Hoagland,
• Steve Deutermann — Deutermann is involved in a variety of nonprofit ventures, including serving as Clallam Toys for Tots coordinator, board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula and serving as a CASA volunteer to advocate for foster youth.
• Patty Pastore — Pastore received eight nominations for her work in cleaning up abandoned homeless camps and other areas of Port Angeles.
Business of the Year
• Little Devil’s Lunchbox — As of 2020, the business has won The Best of Peninsula’s-Best Lunch Special 2013-20, Best Takeout 2019-20- and finalist and wins in the best Chili and BBQ, said nominator Jennifer Ward.
The business recently began operating a food truck in Sequim, “finding a way to expand his business even during a pandemic.
• LumberTraders Inc., parent company of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply — Lumber Traders is an employee-owned company that provides community services, said nominator Paul Collins.
Community First Saturdays, where each month they supported a local nonprofit with the portion of their sales from the day, has raised thousands of dollars for local organization, he said. The business has worked with Habitat for Humanity, to sponsor the annual Summer Build Class and gathered PPE for area hospitals.
• PNW Mobile Detailing — PNW Detailing has helped the community in many ways, said nominator James Murray.
The business helped to coordinate the Trunk and Treat at Extreme Sports Park for Halloween; took over the route when the Port Angeles Fire Department canceled Operation Candy Cane because of COVID-19 and collected 4,846 pounds of food for the Port Angeles Food Bank
The business also supported and helped with local demonstrations calling to fight against racial inequality
Emerging Business of the Year
• Fogtown Coffee Bar — Since opening in 2017, Fogtown has “smartly and steadily built their business while showing extreme generosity and dedication to our community during the time of a global pandemic,” as well as providing community services, said nominator Kayla Oakes.
• Ridgeline Homecare Cooperative — This employee-owned agency, which opened in January 2020, provides in-home care to elders and people with disabilities.
“Covid hit immediately after the business was started and they managed to pivot their business to keep their employees and clients safe,” said nominators. “They built a solid client base and excellent staff during the pandemic.”
• Sasquatch Bakery — The bakery makes donuts and fritters and has “shown ingenuity, i.e. the gingerbread shaped long john donuts.” said nominator MarySue French.
Young Leader of the Year
• Jeremy Gilchrist — As chief operating officer of the Olympic Medical Foundation, Gilchrist oversees six major fundraisers each year.
He also assists the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce with events and donates time to other nonprofits.
• Dylan Godsey — As director of coordinated entry at Serenity House of Clallam County, Godsey manages millions of dollars in funding for rent assistance, homelessness prevention, diversion, family shelter and essential needs, said nominators Anthony Alcantar, Tami Williams, Lacey Fry and Karin Welch.
He has prevented evictions for over 220 families, paying nearly $500,00 in past due, current due, and some future rent directly to their landlords, nominators said.
• Chelsea Winfield — As the owner of Amma’s Umma in downtown Port Angeles, Winfield supports ethical global economies while also providing jobs to individuals within our community amid a global pandemic, said nominator Lauren Bailey.
Educator of the Year
• Dan Cobb — Cobb goes above and beyond as Hamilton Elementary music teacher, according to fellow educators Lisa Martinez, Teresa Bjornes, Julie Smith, Erica Quesnel and Krista Winn, who nominated him for an award.
He motivates students through music, and inspire his students to share his passion with music, they said.
• Tiffany Gillespie — The principal of the small, private Olympic Christian School, worked with the county health officer to maintain in-person learning for students, said nominators Amanda Sandoval, a teacher at the school; and Janine Smith and Kristin Rowland.
She also teaches math, does bus duty, recess duty, or any other job that needs to be done.
• Kasey Ulin — The Port Angeles High School boys basketball head coach “provides an unique support system for all of his players from the C Team to Varsity,” said nominator Donya Alward.
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Terry Ward, publisher of the Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum,serves on the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce board of directors. and is vice chair of the Economic Development Corp. board of directors.