April 5, 1999
Mary Shemish (above) and Andi Bailey, co-owners of Children's Country Home, have been nominated for the Jefferson Award.
Five Northshore residents are among 211 state nominees for the 1999 Jefferson Awards for outstanding public service. Five nominees will receive the awards at an April 8 City Club luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle. Gov. Gary Locke will be the keynote speaker.
Mary Shemesh and Andi Bailey are nominated for creating the non-profit Children's Country Home in Woodinville, providing medically complex care, end-of-life care, and respite assistance for children with catastrophic medical conditions, in a warm, nurturing environment. Shemesh and Bailey started the Hollywood Hill home in 1997.
Sandra Cloud of Bothell volunteers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, visiting with cancer patients' families, letting them know what to expect, and participating in fund-raising events. Cloud gained the knowledge she generously shares from 10 years as caretaker for her husband Joe, who survived leukemia after a bone marrow transplant in 1990.
"When you've gone through similar things, the stress of emotionally supporting a family, it's gratifying to be able to help others deal with that," Cloud said. "Joe has also talked with groups at Fred Hutchinson, to give them hope from a survivor's perspective."
Janice Wilson of Kenmore is nominated for tireless volunteer efforts with PAWS, the Audubon Society, and League of Women Voters. Wilson is valued as the most reliable teacher at the Audubon Society, where she was instrumental in establishing the Seattle Public Schools program that the Society sold to the City of Seattle. She is treasured by PAWS for her patience, organizational skills, and pedigree knowledge.
Cheryl Honey of Bothell founded Family Support Network (FSNI) five years ago, after gaining firsthand awareness of the trials of seeking gainful employment as a welfare mother. FSNI grew out of a group of neighbors exchanging services and resources to fulfill common needs, such as sharing child care, rides, and appropriate attire for job interviews. The network now has several affiliates and has become an international model for interactive community service.
The awards were named for President Thomas Jefferson, who drafted the Declaration of Independence and much of the Constitution, and was an advocate of volunteer service. The Jefferson Awards program has been sponsored nationally since 1972 by the Delaware-based American Institute for Public Service. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has sponsored the program in Washington since 1977.
Judges for the state awards include former Washington Governor Mike Lowry; Randy Bannecker, president of the City Club board of governors; former P-I publisher Virgil Fassio; P-I editorial cartoonist David Horsey; and P-I editorial board member and columnist Solveig Torvik.