SAMMI winners make us all proud
March 21, 2012
Each year, Sammamish manages to find another crop of citizens doing extraordinary things to help the community. The SAMMI awards, which started after 9/11 when community members wanted to do something positive, recognize a handful of these people.
This year’s winners, like those in past years, stand out for their hard work and dedication to community.
Kent Kiernan was this year’s big winner, receiving the Spirit of Sammamish award. Many know him from trips to Ace Hardware when he spends his work hours helping others find the right tools for their projects. But when he’s not doing that, Kiernan works with the Sammamish Citizens Corps. The group is an arm of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Hopefully, people in Sammamish will never need the services of the corps. They are citizens who practice how to respond to disasters to help their neighbors in case of earthquake, flood, fire and more. More importantly, corps members share their knowledge so others can rely on themselves.
Kiernan’s time spent leading this group could mean the difference between life and death in the wake of a major event. While not as weighty, other residents have found ways to reach out to the community in ways that are just as important.
Sammamish youth received SAMMI Awards for their passion to make a difference. New shoes are something that many in Sammamish take for granted, but not everyone in the region does. Eastside Catholic student Connor Creswell helps get shoes to foster children.
In a city where most every child seems to engage in some sport, middle-schoolers Ryan Brown, Nathan Gelbrich and Allie Murphy realize that not everyone can. The trio started a sports tournament so that other children can have scholarships to play sports. These are just a few of the winners that capture the essence of strong ideals, motivation and drive to connect with the community, either in Sammamish, the region or the world.
The SAMMI awards are a special event that celebrates the best the city can be. Congratulations to all of the nominees and the winners.