AWARE to honor 4 women for community contributions

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) will hold its ninth annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

The event will honor four distinguished women who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Juneau's women and children. Community members submitted nominations, and the honorees were selected by AWARE's board of directors.

The 2005 honorees are Joy Lyon, Kimberly L. Metcalfe, Jeri Museth and Laura Stats, R.N.

Festivities will begin at Centennial Hall with a reception at 5:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar and silent auction, with music provided by the Rob Cohen Trio. A catered dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Rep. Beth Kerttula will present the awards to the honorees.

The public is invited to attend and can reserve tickets by calling 586-6623. The cost is $50 per person, or $600 to reserve a table for 10.

Funds raised from the dinner and silent auction support services to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Juneau and the nine Southeast communities of Elfin Cove, Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Klukwan, Pelican, Skagway, Tenakee Springs and Yakutat.

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Since arriving in Juneau in 1984, Lyon has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for Juneau's children. Her first job in Juneau was working as an apprentice carpenter on construction of the AWARE shelter. She is now in her ninth year serving as the executive director of the Association for the Education of Young Children Southeast Alaska.

As part of her job at AEYC-SEA, Lyon was instrumental in putting out several community resource books, including "Juneau Summer Fun Book," "Youth Yellow Pages," "Family Pages" and the "We Love Our Kids" books, which highlight family resources in major Southeast communities. She also contributed to the "Helping Little Kids Succeed - Alaskan Style" book about strengthening supports for families and young children.

She is in her 10th year as a Girl Scout Troop leader and is actively involved in coordinating the youth program and inter-generational activities at Northern Light United church in downtown Juneau.

Lyon has been married to her husband, Rich, for 23 years and has three children - Tim, Daniel and Ariel.

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Metcalfe understands that when trying to change the world, it usually happens with slow, gradual steps.

Metcalfe's first efforts to effect community change began in 1986, when she joined a group of neighbors to reduce the number of Salmon Bake tour buses that were operating on Basin Road. The group worked for several years with the city until the Assembly limited the number of tourists bussed into the Basin.

Metcalfe served on Gov. Tony Knowles' Alaska Cruise Ship Initiative Air Quality Work Group, the Peace and Quiet Coalition, the Juneau Flightseeing Noise Mediation Design Team, as well as the CBJ's Tourism Advisory Committee.

She serves as the Southeast Regional vice chairwoman for the Alaska Democratic Party and the vice chairwoman for the Greater Juneau District 3 & 4 Democrats. She is also active in the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp No. 2, and is writing its history through a grant from the National Park Service.

Metcalfe was married to Paul Helmar for 23 years, until his death in 2002. She is the mother of two children, Patrice and Leo.

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Museth has worked to bring about social change since the 1960s, both personally and professionally. She works as a program specialist for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Tribal Family and Youth Services Department, Wellness Program. She has served on the boards of Juneau Youth Services, Juneau Recovery Unit Advisory Board, Alaska Native Indian Child Welfare Association and League of Women Voters. She has been a member of organizations such as the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Coalition Against Racism and Discrimination in the Systems, and the Alaska Women's Political Caucus.

Museth grew up in a home with domestic violence. As an adult, she remembers having a deep admiration as she watched Dove Kull lobby and testify in front of legislative committees. Both of these instilled in her the desire to help make a difference.

In the late 1960s, while working for the Veterans Administration, she transferred into the "Contact Man" position - the first woman in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to hold that position. The title was changed to "Contact Representative" four months after she took over. She became the first woman member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries when Gov. Sheffield appointed her to that position; she remains the only Alaska Native woman to have received an appointment to that board.

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When Stats began working at Bartlett Regional Hospital as an emergency room nurse, routine screening for domestic violence was unheard of. But that changed when Stats was chosen to lead Bartlett's domestic violence screening program. Now, it is standard practice for hospital personnel to screen every woman over age 14 that enters the hospital for past or current domestic violence.

Stats is also responsible for Community Wellness Outreach, which allows her to work on the prevention side of health care issues, domestic violence among them. In this capacity, she collaborates with the Juneau Domestic Violence Task Force and AWARE on the DELTA project (Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement Leadership Through Alliances), a program that is working to create a domestic violence prevention curriculum for use in the high school.

Stats is married to Brien Daugherty and has three children, Atlin, Monica and Elias.



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