Andrea Durny Recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award
BOARD RESOLUTION NO. 2016-17
SUBJECT: CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – ANDREA DURNY
WHEREAS, Andrea Durny was born in Fairbanks and raised in Nulato, Alaska to Andy Durny of Cleveland, Ohio and Paula Curran of Nulato. Andrea’s paternal grandparents are the late Joseph and Susan Durny of Hungary and Ohio, and her maternal grandparents are the late Alfredo Sr. and Theresa Silas of Nulato. She is the fiancé of Chris Nield and the proud mother to Preston, Leyton, Halen and Ian; and
WHEREAS, Andrea graduated from West Valley High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and organization from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and her master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Southeast. She is a proud graduate of the Doyon Leadership Training program. In high school, Andrea demonstrated a high level of skill in basketball, that didn’t go unnoticed, and was one of the reasons she transferred to West Valley from Andrew K. Demoski School. Andrea received an athletic scholarship from UAF, where she was a starting player on the women’s basketball team throughout her college years; and
WHEREAS, Andrea grew up living a cultural and subsistence lifestyle in Nulato and spent much of her time with her grandmother Theresa. She credits where she is today to her grandma’s teachings, love and humor. Today, Andrea spends much of her time mentoring children through day-to-day interaction, basketball, and camps. She is the administrative coordinator for the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, where she serves the children and parents of nine villages. Andrea enjoys interacting and working with students and community members from these villages. Andrea was a foster parent to several children and actively assists family and friends that migrate to Fairbanks for educational and employment opportunities. The most rewarding aspect of her career is seeing students grow by stepping out of their comfort zones and achieving their goals. She loves the spirit of each community she works with because each one shows support, care and love for their children in distinct ways. She believes in the culture and connectedness in each of these villages; and
WHEREAS, Andrea, along with Derek Peterson, established Phlight Club in Nulato in 2006. Phlight Club consists of two gatherings per year for youth to get connected and build a stronger network of support for themselves. It creates a launching pad to achieving their dreams and building connections. Phlight Club has grown into a national and world-wide program for youth. Nulato Strong is another effort that Andrea helped to create along with other former residents of Nulato as a way to give back to the community that helped to raise them. They support fun and safe activities in Nulato by purchasing supplies for kids to enjoy during special times of the year. When a fire threatened Nulato in 2015, many of its residents temporarily moved to Kaltag to avoid the dangerous conditions. Andrea and other Nulato Strong supporters used their personal funds to purchase art supplies and other items for Kaltag and Nulato residents to use during the difficult time; and
WHEREAS, Andrea can be found volunteering her time coaching youth basketball in the winter, berry picking and fishing in the summer, harvesting moose in the fall and sewing when she can. She is a loving and active mother to her four boys and a great friend to many. Andrea is a role model, mentor and advocate for all youth.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of Doyon, Limited on behalf of the shareholders, hereby recognizes Andrea Durny as a person who has demonstrated leadership, strong commitment, competence and sensitivity in the educational and cultural survival of Alaska Natives. The Board of Directors hereby honors Andrea Durny as the 2016 Doyon Citizen of the Year.
ADOPTED and DATED this 20th day of February 2016 at Fairbanks, Alaska.