Sequim chamber names finalists for its 2021 Citizen of Year award

Castell, Gilchrist, Wyatt lauded for their efforts to improve community

SEQUIM — A trio of community advocates are up for Sequim’s top civic award.

Phil Castell, Lorri Gilchrist and Jean Wyatt are the finalists for the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Citizen of the Year.

The winner will be announced at the chamber’s Citizen of the Year luncheon, set for 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the 7 Cedars Resort.

Reservations for the event are $42.50 per person and can be made at sequimchamber.com.

Castell, a local business owner, was selected for his dedication and time given to local organizations such as the Masonic Food Bank, Sequim Prairie Grange and Sequim Irrigation Festival, among others.

“Phil is a true gem to the Sequim community,” said nominator Heather Souza of Sound Community Bank.

Known by many as a proud military veteran and champion of veteran concerns, Gilchrist was nominated for her years of community service in a diverse array of local organizations, including the Peninsula Trails Coalition, Dungeness River Center and Humane Society, among others.

“She is ready to help her friends, veterans and neighbors,” said nominator Gretha Davis. “Just ask and she’s there.”

Wyatt, who was nominated by former chamber director Vickie Maples, may be best known for her years of service with the Sequim Irrigation Festival, but she’s been involved in many other organizations, working mostly behind the scenes.

In her nomination letter, Maples wrote that Wyatt is “responsibility-to-the-community personified.”

Created in 1968, the Citizen of the Year Award was designed to recognize those who contribute to the betterment of the community.

Former Sequim mayor Peter Black was the first recipient of the award, and all the recipients from then on are listed at sequimchamber.com (under the “Events & Programs” tab).

The Citizen of the Year for 2020 was chosen by the committee of prior winners to be the essential workers who kept the community and local economy working through the shutdowns, mandates and difficult conditions of the pandemic.

For more about this or other chamber events, contact executive director Beth Pratt at director@sequimchamber.com or phone 360-683-6197.

More in News

Customers at the Nordland General Store on Marrowstone Island look over cards and other items during a weekend of activities to celebrate the re-opening of the store after it had been closed for six years due to a fire. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Nordland General Store reopens with new model

Cooperative, board of directors leading operations of facility

Makah to cut ribbon on sawmill

Mill built in partnership with Port Angeles company

Elizabeth Resager of Bainbridge Island turns a sheep over so it is comfortable as she sheers its year-old woolen fleece, a highlight of the 41st Shepherd’s Festival at the Sequim Prairie Grange on Monday. The festival was half inside and half outside and included many vendors with sheep, goats, llamas and related products. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Shepherd’s Festival

Elizabeth Resager of Bainbridge Island turns a sheep over so it is… Continue reading

Centrum awarded $45K grant from national endowment

Centrum has been approved for a Grants for Arts… Continue reading

Helen and Greg Starr, executors of James Minsky’s estate, cut the ribbon for LtCol James Minsky Place on May 17 with Cheri Tinker, executive director of Sarge’s Veteran Support, right, and Sarge’s board president Lorri Gilchrist, and city council members Harmony Rutter and Rachel Anderson. The facility will permanently house six disabled and/or elderly veterans in Sequim. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Minsky Place opens to support elderly, disabled veterans

Sarge’s Veteran Support seeks five veterans for permanent housing

Public comment opens on Dabob Bay

State, county look to move lands into conservation

Clallam renews pact with investigative unit

Agencies are currently investigating shooting outside PA bank

Motrocyclist airlifted to Harborview after wreck

A San Antonio man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center… Continue reading

WomenSpirit Coalition staff members include, from left, Michelle Williams, Dee Koester, Diane Good (in back), Cheryl Neskahi Coan, Erin Lopez Neskahi and Laura Fierro. (Elijah Sussman/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
WomenSpirit Coalition steps into new phase

Multi-service indigenous support organization to host open house

Members of the Mount Olympus Detachment 897 of the Marine Corps League give a 21-gun salute at a Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Angeles Memorial Park in Port Angeles on Monday. The ceremony was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6787 of Carlsborg and was one of many Memorial Day events held in Clallam and Jefferson counties. (Peter Segall/Peninsula Daily News)
Solemn ceremonies honor America’s war dead

Flowers, wreaths decorate gravesites across Peninsula

Peninsula College, teachers agree on contract

Three-year deal to raise faculty salaries

Clallam County pledges $1.5 million toward preserving two farms

Commitment would provide conservation easement on properties