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County honors volunteers for health, parks, landscaping projects


Mary Keltz, Public Information Outreach
Phone: (360) 397-6012 ext. 4

Vancouver, WA Public improvements accomplished by local volunteers were in the spotlight when local leaders and citizens gathered today for the 28th State of the County event at the Clark County Square Dance Center.

The Board of County Commissioners presented Spirit of Clark County awards to Ann Foster, Anita Will and the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee and volunteers for the N.E. 78th Street/I-5 Interchange Community Landscaping Project.

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

Here are this years winners:

Ann Foster (Individual Award)
: She serves on the Clark County Food System Council and advocates land-use policies that support local food producers. A tireless volunteer, she is dedicating her retirement years to improving access to healthy food and strengthening local food systems.

Anita Will and the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee (Group Award): They logged 899 volunteer hours making major improvements at Whipple Creek Regional Park, as well as securing financing and resources for the improvements.

The N.E. 78th Street/I-5 Interchange Community Landscaping Project (Project Award): Spearheaded by neighborhood and business leader Vicki Fitzsimmons, project volunteers braved gusty November winds and planted 150 trees and 2,000 daffodil bulbs to give the interchange a much-needed facelift.

The event, including remarks by county commissioners, can be seen on CVTV (Clark-Vancouver Television) Channels 21 and 23. Check for times.

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