Mitch Robinson Kyle Hedges
Serving within the community is often done ‘under the radar’ and the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce enjoys the opportunity each year, to recognize those who work diligently, mostly without acknowledgment.
This year, the Lake Stevens Chamber has chosen to honor Mitch Robinson as Citizen of the Year and Kyle Hedges as Junior Citizen of the Year.
Both of these individuals were nominated by someone in the community and chosen by a panel of Chamber Board members. Both of them will be recognized in the Grand Parade during this year’s Aquafest event on Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m.
Robinson has served on the Lake Stevens Food Bank Board for many years, is an active member of the Lake Stevens Lions Club and co-chaired the Pancake Feed which benefited the Lake Stevens Family Center in April.
Robinson is also known for building wheelchair ramps for those in need.
“He does it without financial assistance from the benefactor, often seeking donations elsewhere or paying for it himself,” his nominator said.
It was also stated that Robinson takes an active role in all of the fundraising activities for the Lake Stevens Lions Club.
“He does it with gusto, jus t like he does everything else, he adds so much energy to helping others it’s hard to keep up with him.”
The Chamber of Commerce had several good choices, however, Robinson stood out.
“I believe the committee had several good applicants to choose from but we are really lucky to have Mitch as a community member as he has helped raise money for the Senior Center recently with the pancake breakfast and put a lot of time in at the food bank,” Lake Stevens Chamber President Marcus Tageant said. “His efforts certainly haven’t gone unnoticed and we appreciate his efforts to support the Lake Stevens community.”
Robinson himself was shocked and surprised when he received the news. He wanted to recognize all of those who help out.
“I had no idea, I’m speechless,” he said. “I’m embarrassed because of all of the other people. My notoriety at being president is kind of embarrassing. I am very honored.”
Kyle Hedges is a 17-year-old and a student at Lake Stevens High School.
Hedges serves in the Big Viking/Little Viking program through Lake Stevens High School as the “Big Viking” to a second grade student at Highland Elementary School.
“The student has a cochlear implant and Kyle not only comes for his scheduled time, but volunteers extra time,” his nomination form states.
Hedges has also researched how to better communicate with the student by learning Signing Exact English.
“He always asks what he can do to make his interactions meaningful and goes out of his way to make all the students at Highland feel important.”
Hedges’ name stood out as the choice for Junior Citizen of the Year.
“While I don’t know Kyle personally, in reading his nomination form he was our obvious choice for Junior Citizen of the Year as he is regarded by many as helpful and a good citizen to his community,” Tageant said. “He also has volunteered many hours as a Big Viking to a second grader and he has performed many times with Yo-Yo and is a great entertainer. Congrats to Kyle as the Junior Citizen of the year.”