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3/15/2013

Spirit awards recognize thousands of hours of volunteer service

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Vancouver, WA – Community partnerships and many volunteers were in the spotlight Thursday, displaying strengths that brought local leaders and citizens together for the State of the County event at Prairie High School.

The Board of County Commissioners presented Spirit of Clark County awards to Danielle Stinson, members of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and legions of volunteers who worked to create Camp Hope near Lewisville Park, north of Battle Ground.

Created in 2001, the Spirit awards acknowledge special efforts and extraordinary contributions by thousands of volunteers who expand the scope and improve the quality of public services throughout the county.

This year’s winners:

Danielle Stinson (Individual Award)
A senior and Key Club president at Skyview High School, Stinson was honored for her tireless work on county parks projects. In addition to volunteering countless hours herself, she has been a leader in recruiting others of all ages for clean up and restoration.

“It’s so much fun. A lot of people relate volunteer work to the work part of it, but it’s really not about that,” she said. “It’s about bringing everybody together and accomplishing a positive task.”

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (Group Award)
LeAnne Bremer (Miller Nash), Eric Golemo (SGA Engineering & Design), Ben Hoskins (1-800-Got Junk?), Eric Husemoen (Gravitate) and Tom Smith (Columbia Pacific Commercial Properties) worked with the county to retool commercial building permits. As a result, the county reduced its processing time and expense, passing the savings on to businesses locating, relocating or expanding within the county.

“We all have the same goals, to make small businesses successful,” said Marty Snell, Clark County community development director.

Camp Hope (Project Award)
At the suggestion of former County Commissioner Marc Boldt, Battle Ground teacher Karl Johnson inspired many others to join forces and renovate Camp Juliana, previously leased by the Girl Scouts. The 107-acre site has been transformed into Camp Hope, including a non-profit organization with a fundraising mission to continue improvements and maintain the asset for youth and community groups.

“I think there’s no limit to what we can accomplish there,” said Pete Capell, Clark County public works director. “Many generations will value this in the future.”

The event, including remarks by county commissioners, can be seen on CVTV channels 21 and 23 at the following times:

• March 15: 2:30 p.m., Ch. 23
• March 15: 8:30 p.m., Ch. 21
• March 16, 11 a.m., Ch. 23
• March 16, 3 p.m., Ch. 21

Additional air times can be found at www.cvtv.org.

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