Jefferson Award nominees announced
Several area residents are among the 191 nominees for the 1996 Jefferson Awards. These awards, sponsored by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, honor community members who have performed selfless services for others, often unrecognized and with little or no reward.
The five finalists will be honored Mar. 20 at a Rotary Club of Seattle luncheon. One of those five will be entered in the national Jefferson award competition.
A disabled musician himself, James "Tony" Chichetti of Bothell founded Music Makers Unlimited in 1991 to help other people with disabilities in building their self-esteem and confidence through Chichetti's musical program.
Karen Johns' nomination was a result of her generous gifts of time and energy to the Northshore School District through her work with the PTA.
Jeanne Rehwinkel, also of Bothell, a counselor, has been an enthusiastic advocate for children, women, and families in both her career and her volunteer activities. She also spends time helping the homeless, sick, and needy.
Lake Forest Park resident Marilyn Westerman was instrumental in founding Friends of Science Education in the Shoreline School District. The program has enhanced science classes and hands-on experiments by bringing together parents, educators, and community leaders.
Linda K. Williams of Duvall has spent eight years coordinating the work of Parent to Parent. The group provides information and emotional support about disabilities and community resources to parents of children with disabilities or health conditions.
Both Kurt and Candace Beardslee of Duvall have devoted hours of work to Washington Trout. Kurt, the executive director of the program, has worked tirelessly for the preservation, protection, and restoration of wild fish and their habitats. Candace edits the newsletter and works to raise money.
Because Mill Creek resident Carole Tovar believes everyone deserves a decent place to live, she has taken care to maintain the units in the low-income downtown apartment building she owns. Tovar also provides social events and entertainment to help her tenants socialize.