Each year the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce has the opportunity to recognize several members of the community for their outstanding support of Lake Stevens.
On Wednesday, Dec. 12 at their monthly Chamber meeting President Kim Daughtry was privileged to announce the winners of this year’s Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year. and Hall of Fame honorees.
“All of these people are recognized for some thing or things that they have done in their business or in the community for which most people do not even recognize has happened. They go about their daily lives doing those things behind the scenes that make a difference in the community in some quiet but extraordinary way,” Chamber President Kim Daughtry said.
Republic Services, formerly Allied Waste was chosen as Business of the Year in Lake Stevens for all they have contributed, in both time and money, to many local activities including Oktoberfest and Relay for Life of Lake Stevens.
Dr. Jason Bourne, local orthodontist was awarded the Business Person of the Year for his extensive support of the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club and Halloween Candy Buy Back program which helps local youth as well as kids in Africa and military serving outside of our country. Dr. Bourne is also a strong supporter of Relay for Life and other organizations here in Lake Stevens and throughout Snohomish County.
Each year the Chamber always recognizes three long-time community members who have spent their lives serving the Lake Stevens community.
This year’s inductees were Arlene Hulten, Director of Communications for the Lake Stevens School District, Mitch Robinson who has spent countless hours on behalf of the Lake Stevens Food Bank and Lake Stevens High School Teacher and Wrestling Coach Brent Barnes for his decades of service at the high school and through his wrestling career.
All three of these individuals have been inducted in the Lake Stevens Hall of Fame and will have their names added to past inductees on a plaque at the Chamber office.
“We at the Chamber show our appreciation of these individuals and businesses to let them know that some of us are watching and recognize their positive and selfless contributions to our society,” Daughtry said. “They each give time, wisdom, compassion, love, and sometimes money for the betterment of someone other than themselves. They do not particularly want to be recognized for what they do but it makes these awards just that more special.”