Thank You

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2001

...for your support

"The Art of Being Human" Southeast Alaska Early Childhood conference was an inspiring, energizing event, focusing on children's emotional development and mental health. Approximately 200 teachers, caregivers, and parents from seven Southeast communities heard from experts in the field and discussed new ideas and strategies in the work of educating, caring for, and advocating for young children and families. They also experienced some of the laughter, music, creativity and connection that makes working with young children so rewarding.

Thanks to the following for their support of this years conference: Wythe Dornan Brian Douglas Memorial Fund, Juneau School District, UAS, Seventh Heaven, KTOO, Breeze-in Grocery, The Fiddlehead Restaurant, the Art Dept, Craft Carousel, and Auke Bay Co-Op Preschool.

We would also like to thank the 22 presenters who so willingly agreed to share their time, knowledge and expertise to make the conference a success: Kathe Boucha, Donna Rae Faulkner, Bill Sallenbach, Linda Squibb, Cindy Amdur, Sue Oliphant, Sue Zahnd, Dayna Focht, Robbie Brawner, Laurie Northey, Mary Green, Jerry Schoenberger, Diane Sly, Jessica Hadfield, Teresa Narvaez, Nancy Lehnhart, Beryl Cheal, Caroline Bruschi, Karin Siebenmorgen, Janice Hurley, Heidi Johnson, and Sylvia Kidd.

Also thanks to all seven staff of NAEYC-SEA, and to Nikki Morris for all the artistic touches, including creation of the NAEYC-SEA mural.

Mary Adelmeyer

Co-Chair, NAEYC-SEA Board of Directors

...for your work

Patience, generosity, time and effort were displayed at the Open House at the Teen Family Center (TFC) on Oct. 24. Months of work on the part of staff, teen parents and local businesses culminated in an evening when several local teen dads could be recognized. New matted posters of teen dads with their children were displayed and will be hung in the TFC. Many of the teens that come weekly to the center as well as representatives from local social service agencies attended the Open House.

There are a number of people we'd like to thank. Several local businesses made generous contributions: Smiles Across the Miles Photography studio, Valley Paint, Capital Copy, Lyle's Custom Framing. We'd also like to thank the staff at Healthy Families, Christi West and Ellen Northup. Finally, thanks to the teen dads and partners that volunteered their time: Tony Pearce, David Milton, Corey Cole, Anthony Proud, Daniel Brown and Andrew Fawcett.

Bridget Easaw

Teen Family Center

...for your kindness

The family of Rima Allen would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our friends for the cards, flowers, gifts, prayers and good wishes we received as we experienced the grief of her death. We would especially like to acknowledge and thank Steve Olmstead, pastor at Chapel by the Lake, Maj. Larry and Nila Fankhauser of the Salvation Army, and Capital Copy, Ltd. We appreciate and value all of you.

The Allen family

...for the participation

AWARE would like to thank Chancellor John Pugh and the University of Alaska for participating in the Day of Caring as a way to kick off this year's United Way Campaign. The Day of Caring brought UAS volunteers to AWARE to sand and paint closet doors as part of our Adopt-A-Room project. On behalf of the hundreds of women and children seeking safe shelter at AWARE, we thank the UAS volunteers Ryan Green, Renee Ramirez, David Lagilotti, Mark Graves, Emily Wescott, Kim Porter, Jennifer Howell, Sahra Clark and Ashley Ahrens. Your hard work and professionalism provided our 15-year-old building with the finishing touches it needed for a new and improved look.

Through the community's contributions to United Way, agencies like AWARE provide important services in our community. Together we can nurture families and provide safety. Thanks to United Way and UAS for creating a healing environment for those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.

Annette Coggins

AWARE Executive Director

...for your thoughtfulness

The family of Bill Tompkins would like to to take this opportunity to thank the people of Juneau and the surrounding communities in helping us honor "Pops' " life. We were overwhelmed by the support. Thank you. Thank you for the prayers, thoughts, words of encouragement, flowers, food and monetary donations; all was greatly appreciated and made our hearts lighter.

A special thanks to Dr. Chu and the staff at SEARHC, the Hospice nurses, social workers and volunteers as well as the many friends of the family in helping us during Pops' last days with us. Also thanks to the Lions Club, Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Dr. Soboleff, and Eric McDowell in giving so freely of their time in preparation for the memorial service. Thanks Walker Bennett for the beautiful Raven/Frog Box.

We have found comfort with the support of the communities with our loss of husband, father, grandfather, friend and coach.

God bless each and everyone.

The Tompkins Family

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