Sound Off: We all know a hero or two

  • Saturday, January 6, 2007 7:00pm
  • Opinion

Most heroes live and work among us without much notice. But we all know who they are.

The Island County Community Health Advisory Board is again planning to honor those individuals who go the extra mile in helping others in need.

This annual award is the Linda Lee Martens Health Hero Award of Island County, named for the late executive secretary of the local Health Department, President of the Soroptomists International, and memorable participant in many local activities: an ordinary person with an extraordinary love for others.

Do you know anyone who goes that extra mile on behalf of others? Someone who quietly sacrifices time and effort making our community a better place to live? They may be a volunteer, a Big Brother or Big Sister, a mentor, foster parent, or someone who is always there in time of need. They may be a student who performs outside school hours or who regularly participates in humanitarian activities.

Awardees in years past have been recognized for promoting child abuse prevention, for fostering parentless children, for working to reduce substance abuse, for addressing environmental issues, for helping establish activities to support adolescents’ needs, for assisting the elderly in finding health care, and for enhancing the community’s health and quality of life in numerous other ways.

We are inviting you to nominate individuals or groups who have made significant accomplishments toward bettering community health in any manner. Elements to consider include such factors as: project scope and objectives, measurable results (insofar as possible), urgency of the problem addressed, number of people affected, funds raised and/or committed, etc.

Let people know you think they are a hero. Send in your nomination.

The Island County Board of Health will honor nominees at a Joint Special Board of Health / Community Health Advisory Board dinner meeting to be held during Public Health Week on April 3. Nomination forms and guidelines are available by calling 679-7350, online (www.islandcounty.net/health/CHAB/LLM-Nomination%20form.pdf), at any public library, or at any office of the Island County Health Department.

Nominees must be residents of or employed in Island County. Awardees will be recognized in three categories: Adult, student (under age 18), and agency.

Please submit nominations prior to March 3 to: Carrie McLachlan, Island County Health Department, P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239.

Roger Case, M.D., is the Island County Health Officer.

More in Opinion

Cartoon for July 17, 2019

Cartoon for July 17, 2019… Continue reading

Letter: Any Democrat would be better than Donald Trump

Editor, A recent letter to the editor posed a couple of questions… Continue reading

Letter: Paper’s editorial about FOI states what needed said

Editor, Thanks so much for putting in print what needed to be… Continue reading

Letter: Training at OLF Coupeville a matter of life and death

Editor, It’s been over two years since I retired as the deputy… Continue reading

Letter: AG’s lawsuit against Navy is a political spectacle

By Christine Cribb The mission of the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of… Continue reading

Cartoon for July 13, 2019

Cartoon for July 13, 2019… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Balkanizing the Rock: What distrust may lead to

I’m just back from a dream trip along the coast of Slovenia… Continue reading

Letter: Navy League uninterested in facts, science, solutions

Editor, It’s bad news for this community and our region that the… Continue reading

Letter: Greenbank Progressive Club is back ‘home,’ come and see

Editor, The Greenbank Progressive Club is back home in our clubhouse and… Continue reading

Most Read