Story last updated at 7/1/2009 - 11:57 am
WRANGELL - On June 9, the City and Borough of Wrangell recognized Mark Walker, executive director of Alaska Island Community Services (AICS), for his efforts to improve health and health care services in Wrangell and the surrounding area.
"The City has been enriched by the programs that are offered through (AICS)," said Mayor McConachie. "AICS provides an amazing array of services for our community. We want to thank Mark for his vision to create innovative ways to help people and recognize his outstanding service to the community of Wrangell for the past 31 years."
Upon presentation of the plaque, Walker responded: "It's not really me - it's all of these other people working together as a team. It's all of our neighbors and friends that I'm proud to be associated with, so please make sure to recognize them too."
Walker first came to Wrangell in 1978 to work for Ketchikan Gateway Mental Health as a counselor for Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake.
In 1989, Mark started a nonprofit organization which eventually became known as AICS with only two employees. Since that time, AICS has grown to employ over 115 people, making AICS the largest employer in Wrangell. In conjunction with annual expenditures of over $6 million, AICS contributes significantly to the local economy.
AICS services have also grown to over 10 different departments, including primary medical care, dental care, mental health, senior services, disability services, wilderness therapy and educational programs, pharmacy services, access to public assistance, and disease prevention and education.