A Father's Respect
By Rick Grams
February 16, 2006
On the night of February 15, 2006 at the Ketchikan Discovery
Center, I very proudly watched Danielle Grams (my youngest daughter)
repeat the words Elizabeth Peratrovich presented to the Alaska
State Senate many years ago. Danielle spoke the words eloquently
yet with unwavering conviction while two mayors, ANB/ANS, and
members of the community looked on. As she filled the room
with those words, I couldn't help but go through the "flashback
of life" that only a parent can do while their child completes
a memorable task.
Danielle Grams is Haida and
Tshimpsian (Eagle Frog). Her Mother is Caroline Luckey
also Haida and Tshimpsian (Eagle Frog) from Ketchikan.
Danielle also has a lovely sister (Nicole), and two brothers
(Chris and Rick).
As her Father, Danielle has
my complete respect. I wanted to say this publicly because
I can clearly see how our children truly are our future.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "Rick Grams has lived in Ketchikan since June
of 2000. He has four children, all of them grown and living
here in Ketchikan as well. Rick is in the process of completing
his BSBA with an emphasis in Information Technology and has
been accepted into an Executive Masters of Business Administration
program. Rick belongs to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
at the individual level and comes from an extensive background
of implementing technology in business areas. Most of
all, Rick desires to see year round jobs that provide career
opportunities to our local population."
Peratrovich Day: Honoring Our Youth By MARIE L. MONYAK - In 1988 the Alaska Legislature
established February 16th as "Elizabeth Peratrovich Day"
to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Anti-Discrimination
Act. Every year Alaskans celebrate the day and remember Peratrovich's
efforts to achieve equality and justice for all Alaskans of every
race, creed and ethnic background. - More...
Thursday PM - February 16, 2006
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