2017 award winners


AEA gives awards of recognition for Eastside human services!

The Alliance of Eastside Agencies gives individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and vision in human services the recognition he/she/they ought to have. Award winners are nominated annually by AEA members.

The 2017 awards were presented on June 7 at the annual AEA Awards Luncheon held at Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue. Co-chairs Helen Banks Routon and Rochelle Clayton-Strunk presented the awards. Keynote speaker, Sonia L. Campion, President, Campion Advocacy Fund, and a founder of Philanthropy Northwest's Capacity Building Learning Circle, discussed the importance of advocacy for nonprofit agency staff and board members in an entertaining and energizing discussion.


Keynote speaker Sonia L. Campion, of Campion Advocacy Fund.

» Read Sonia's remarks here


2017 Award Winners

To view a video about each award winner below, simply click on the video button [ ] beside his/her name.

• Legacy Award: Emily Leslie


Emily Leslie (center) receives the Legacy Award.

Emily Leslie, retiring from the City of Bellevue, is an effective, knowledgeable and caring leader who has made a great impact addressing issues of homelessness. She is a role model to many government and human service partners.


• Leadership Award: Pam Mauk, Together Center


Pam Mauk (center) receives her award.

Pam Mauk has provided outstanding leadership for the past two decades in collaboration, community awareness and the importance of human services to the quality of life on the Eastside.


• Volunteer Team Award: The Shop Crew at Eastside Baby Corner


Dick Scott (left) and Greg Wineland (right) receive their awards.

The Eastside Baby Corner Shop Crew (Pete Kraetsch, Tim Sullivan, Dick Scott, Greg Wineland) happily tackle renovation needs on top of their work repairing bikes, cribs, high chairs, and other donations.


• Not-For-Profit Staff Member: Carmelita Parazz, Attain Housing


Carmelita Parazz (second from left) receives her award.

Carmelita Parazz of Attain Housing inspires others. She has transformed processes for the better, while serving and advocating for those struggling with mental illness, domestic violence, and homelessness.


• Business: Davis Wright Tremaine


Davis Wright Tremaine receives their award.

Davis Wright Tremaine exhibits a deeply felt philosophy of bringing diversity and inclusion to the workplace. AtWork! clients are cherished employees receiving the same respect of any employee of the law firm.


• City Partnership Award: City of Redmond


Hank Myers, Brooke Buckingham, and Byron Shutz
of the City of Redmond receive their awards.


The City of Redmond has shown a commitment supporting human services at all levels. Mayor John Marchione (not pictured) has addressed proactively issues of homelessness that is a model for other cities. Council Members Hank Myers and Byron Shutz are active on Together Center’s Board of Directors, among other critical roles. Shutz is Chair of the Eastside Human Services Forum (EHSF). Human Services Senior Planner Brooke Buckingham has been done critical work to ensure a 17-city grant-making collaboration succeeds, while also providing EHSF oversight and agency support.


• Youth Volunteer: Emma Federico, Riverview Youth Council


Emma Federico accepts her award.

Emma Federico of the Riverview Youth Council/Snoqualmie Valley Community Network stands out among her peers for her intelligence, dedication to others and efforts to make the world a better place.


• Elected Official: Rep. Tana Senn, 41st Dist.


Rep. Tana Senn (right) accepts her award.

State Rep. Tana Senn (41st) has emerged as a state leader in efforts to support children's mental health and wellness and shows an unwavering passion for improving the lives of children and families.


• Faith Organization: Meadowbrook Church


Representatives of Meadowbrook Church accept their award.

Meadowbrook Church is committed to the families in transition who are working to exit the homeless system at Hopelink’s Avondale Park, providing move-out assistance, celebrations and staff support.





Award Categories:

Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes the important value volunteers bring to the human services sector in advocacy, service delivery or community organizing. Recipient is recognized with a $75 restaurant gift card.
Business of the Year: Recognizes the charitable actions that the business community brings to the human services sector through engaging its employees to "give back." Recipient is recognized on the AEA website, newsletters and brochure for one year.
Youth Volunteer: Recognizes the contributions of time and talent of young people to the human services sector and supports their philanthropic development. Recipient is awarded $100 for education/training through the Phil Noble scholarship fund.
Not-for-Profit Staff: Recognizes an outstanding staff person who tirelessly supports the mission of helping others and consistently exemplifies commitment, ethics and competency. Recipient awarded $100 for education/training through the Phil Noble scholarship fund.
Faith Organization: Recognizes the important partnership between the faith community and the human services sector by honoring an exceptional faith group which has taken action and done an outstanding community service to help those in need in our eastside community. Recognized on the AEA website, newsletters and brochures for one year.
Elected Official: Recognizes an elected official who has been a bold "catalyst for change" to better the understanding of, and support for, human services. Recipient recognized on the AEA website, newsletters and brochures for one year.



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