?First recipients of award named
?John Choulochas and Christina Alexander are the first two recipients of the new Blaine Builder award, developed by Debbie Harger in the Blaine community development department as a way to honor volunteers’ contributions to the community.
“We continue to say how we need to do more recognition for the good work in our community,” said city manager Gary Tomsic at the March 27 city council meeting. “We want to do it in a way that’s not all formalized and we want to do it as frequently as we can. When you start out with something like this you have a huge backlog! We’ll be bringing you citizens who are long overdue.”
Choulochas and Alexander were recognized for their work with the U.S.A,/Canada Peace Anniversary Association. The group organizes the annual sculpture exhibition in Peace Arch State Park, the historical reenactment on the anniversary of the arch’s dedication, and other efforts aimed at educating the public about the message and the history of the monument.
“There have been some tough times, some great joys and all kinds of adventures,” said Alexander.
Choulochas pointed out that neither of them live in Blaine, but will keep working to promote the city and the Peace Arch. “It’s not where you live but where you put your hands and heart,” he said. “We’re proud and we’re happy to have you as members of our community,” mayor Mike Myers said, presenting them each with a commemorative plaque.