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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 the media.

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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 businesses that

  • Treat youths with great respect.
  • Hires youths and prepares them for the future and for careers.
  • Supports community activities for youths.

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


Marie L. Monyak is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan, Alaska.
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