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Health hero nominees sought

Calling all community-minded rock stars.

Whidbey General Hospital invites the community to nominate individuals or organizations for the Linda Lee Martens Health Hero of Island County Award. The honor recognizes volunteers who go the extra mile to make the island community a better, friendlier and healthier place to live and work.

“Sometimes these activities are quite noticeable; others are unseen except for those directly involved,” Dr. Roger Case, a hospital board member, said.

Everyone knows a true hero among our residents. Whidbey General Hospital would like to recognize these selfless individuals and organizations by accepting nominations for the annual Linda Lee Martens award. Nominees will be recognized in a joint public meeting of the Island County Board of Health/Community Health Advisory Board the first week in April.

Past award winners received honors for promoting child abuse prevention, fostering parentless children, reducing substance abuse, enhancing their community’s health through environmental stewardship and working to improve their neighbor’s quality of life.

The award, named in honor of the late Linda Lee Martens, began in 2000. A press release described her as “an ordinary person with an extraordinary love for others.”

A longtime community activist, Martens served as the former executive secretary of the Health Department, as president of Soroptimist International and was involved in numerous community service activities at the local and national level. She died in 2001 as a result of cancer.

For more information, call Carrie McLachlan of the Island County Health Department at 360-221-8486, or download a copy of the nomination form at www.islandcounty.net/health/CHAB/LLM-Nomination%20form.pdf. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28.

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