Youth Friendly Award Presented
to Ketchikan Business
By Marie L. Monyak
April 18, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - Acting on behalf of Spirit of Youth in Wasilla,
Karen Eakes, Executive Director of PATCHWorks in Ketchikan, presented
Russell Thomas, owner of Alaska Sportsfishing with a Youth Friendly
Business Award on Wednesdasy April 12th during the Greater Chamber
of Commerce luncheon. Spirit of Youth promotes opportunities
for youth involvement in the community and recognizes them in
Left to right, Russell
Thomas, Anthony Chavarria, Karen Eakes and Colin Ayers.
Photograph by Marie L. Monyak
The Youth Friendly Business Award recognizes and honors those
- Treat youths with great respect.
- Hires youths and prepares
them for the future and for careers.
- Supports community activities
This past March, Spirit of
Youth held a banquet in Anchorage where youths from around the
state were honored for their contributions to their communities
and 10 businesses were also honored.
Russell Thomas, owner of Alaska Sportsfishing was a recipient
of the award and two of his young seasonal employees were on
hand to speak of Thomas's character. Anthony Chavarria and Colin
Ayers both acknowledged that Thomas provides a great working
environment by treating everyone fair and equal. Ayers offered
that his employment with Thomas was a great learning experience
for him and Chavarria stated that working for Thomas was a great
place to get started in the job market.
Spirit of Youth encourages people to nominate businesses they
feel are deserving of this award. If you would like to recommend
a business please go to www.spiritofyouth.org.
Marie L. Monyak is
a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
A freelance writer is an uncommitted independent writer
who produces and sells articles to a publisher such as SitNews.
For freelance writing services and costs contact Marie at mlmx1[at]hotmail.com
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