July 23, 2014 | Vol. 54 No. 30

Chamber of Commerce Awards Citizens of the Year

Wilma Daniels

L to R, Ellie N. Behn and Wilma Daniels Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce 2014 citizens of the year.

Citizen of the year

Several amazing people were nominated for the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, making the selection difficult as always, but we are proud to recognize Wilma C. Daniels as the 2014 Citizen of the Year. Wilma gives the most invaluable gift anyone can give, time. She is everywhere, talking to everyone, about everything. If you need something known, she is your lady.

Wilma started her journey in Vancouver WA, born on July 5th, missed the 4th of July by one hour and 45 minutes. Her mom said she was still an "explosion" in her life. She comes from a family of three siblings and all of them were teachers, following in their mom's footsteps. She taught at Echo Glen, helping to rehabilitate teens, for twenty-four years. She still keeps in touch with some of her students and parents.

Wilma raised one son and has two grandchildren. She relocated to Lake Stevens to be closer to them, not that long ago. Since being here, she has joined The Kiwanis and Lions Service Clubs. She volunteers for American Legion Auxiliary, Ashley Pointe retirement center, Aquafest representing The Kiwanis and Lions, the Blood Bank, The Boys and Girls Club, Community Supper at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens Family Center, Food Bank, Safe Halloween in Downtown Lk. Stevens, Ironman, Little Hungry Hearts, Military Coupons, National Night Out Against Crime, ACS Relay for Life, Lk Stevens  Senior Center, Summertime Lunches at Hillcrest, Veterans of Foreign War, and of course her well known Watermelon Wilma character were she has done over 500 free presentations.

Wilma's greatest gifts in life are, laughter and unconditional love; and if there is one phrase to sum her up, "You don't preach it, you live it"

Be sure to watch and wave at Ellie and Wilma in the Aquafest Grand Parade this Saturday, July 26th

Ellie N. Behn

Jr. Citizen of the year

Ellie N. Behn has been selected by the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerece  nominating committee as the 2014 Junior Citizen of the Year for her unwavering commitment to projects and the massive amount of time she has chosen to volunteer. At just 10 years of age Ellie has an impressive 970+ hours of community service. She started her career in volunteering when she went to work with her mom at Volunteers of America for the back pack program where they helped children get new back packs filled with supplies for school. She loved seeing people smile, and that has kept her coming back.

Ellie is the Lifetime queen for Aquafest; she was also titled Supreme Queen (which is a national title) she received for volunteer work. Her mentor, Tamara, who was last year's Jr. Citizen of the Year, has been a guiding light for Ellie or as they call it, her "Pine Cone" for Miss Washington, the past three years. She is working with Providence Hospital for fundraising activities over the next year for cancer awareness as her mom is a cancer survivor and for autism as her brother, Bailey has Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism.

When she is not busy helping in the community, she is your average, amazing girl.

When I say amazing I mean amazing, she is the only granddaughter out of seventeen grandchildren and only girl out of three siblings. Coming from Irish decent, you can't miss her beautiful red hair. Her favorite color is orange, and in her spare time she enjoys playing softball with LSJAA, making brownie bites and soon Irish or Tap dance.

Ellie is a young lady that has led a life full of aspirations.  Every parent would be proud of a child who has such a heart to help and serve others. The Lake Stevens community is fortunate to have Ellie Behn as a neighbor.

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