Story last updated at 5/8/2013 - 3:46 pm
First Lady Sandy Parnell announced today the recipients of the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards. The recipients were chosen by an executive committee of Alaskan community members.
"It is an honor to continue this exceptional tradition that recognizes citizens who have given their time and talent to help others," Parnell said. "Our state is blessed to have so many Alaskans dedicated to helping their communities, fellow citizens, and encouraging others in volunteerism."
The First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards are awarded to those who engage in volunteer activities within Alaska, show remarkable personal commitment to long-term volunteer service, or have made a substantial impact on their community or the state.
The 2013 Volunteer of the Year recipients are:
Earline Smith, Juneau: For more than two decades, volunteer and mentor Earline Smith has given countless hours to the youth at the Johnson Youth Center (JYC) in Juneau. Earline exudes joy and passion for living a full and long life, which has left an indelible impression on youth who were placed at the center. Her strength of character and the 92 years of wisdom she has acquired make her a welcome presence at JYC, and a steady influence in the greater Juneau community.
Other recipients are: Steve Fishback, Anchorage; Patricia Myers, Fairbanks; William Gaines, Anchorage; Dr. Robyn Rehmann, Anchorage; Richard Groff, Cordova; Terrence T. Jason Shanigan, Anchorage.