Janie Leask

Janie Leask,  Gyetm Wilgoosk, Tsimshian name  1948 –   Achievement In: Alaska Native Leadership and Community Builder   Janie Leask has devoted her personal and professional life to creating honest and respectful connections among diverse people. She is a bridge between communities. The characteristics that permeate her career include: leading complex organizations, creating opportunities for diverse communities to engage in meaningful conversation  and mentoring young people. Raised by a Haida/Tsimshian father and Irish/German...

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Katie John

Katie John 1915 – 2013 Katie John started life in 1915 near Slana, grew up in the Native Village of Baltzulneta, location of a traditional fish camp, and was raised in the traditional way. Describing how she learned to live off the land from her mother and grandmother, she said: “We had no pencil, no paper. We don’t know how to read. We used our head. Everything my mother told me, my grandmother told me, it’s in my head.” She first learned to speak English at the age of 14 when she was employed in the Nabesna Mine. She married...

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Kay Muriel (Townsend) Linton

Kay Muriel (Townsend) Linton February 26, 1933 – January 12, 2003 Achievement in:  Organization and Volunteering Mrs. Jack (Kay) Linton, as she preferred to be identified, was a dynamo, a volunteer extraordinaire, consummate organizer and inveterate volunteer and, to quote former Mayor Tom Fink, “a real take-charge person.” Anchorage Daily News columnist Mike Doogan said, “She was an organizer, and if you were in the vicinity, you got organized.” Gov. Tony Knowles is quoted as saying: “To know Kay was to work for Kay.”...

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V. Kay Lahdenpera

V. Kay Lahdenpera 1936 - Achievement in: Public Health Nursing “Nursing is like clothing, it comes in cycles, I was trained in working as part of a team and I do hope the team approach returns to nursing.” Kay Lahdenpera is a legend in nursing in Alaska and has touched thousands of women’s lives throughout her 45-year career in public health. Born in Juneau, Alaska, in 1936 she is a third-generation Alaskan. Lahdenpera earned her nursing degree with a specialization in public health and psychiatry from the University of Washington in...

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Beverly D. Dunham

Beverly D. Dunham 1932 –  Achievement In:  Journalism and Community Advocacy  Beverly Dunham is a pioneer in journalism. Dunham is described as being ahead of her time and a strong role model to many women and young girls growing up in Alaska. In 1966 Dunham founded the “Seward Phoenix Log” and became a small town newspaper editor and publisher. Unusual for the times, she wrote about all the news and also dealt with the financial side that goes into being the publisher of a small-town newspaper. At the time, women in newspapers in...

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