Citizen of the Year Award Renamed
The Doyon Citizen of the Year Award was recently renamed as the Poldine Carlo Citizen of the Year Award to honor the late Poldine Carlo. Carlo, who passed away on May 9, 2018, passionately led and advocated for Alaska Native rights.
Carlo, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, devoted her life to advocating and making a difference for Alaska Native people across the state. She generously shared her traditional knowledge and wisdom, and was a mentor to young leaders to ensure the Native culture remained strong for future generations.
In addition to her involvement with several Native organizations, including Fairbanks Native Association (FNA), Carlo was also the founder of Denakkanaaga, which serves as the voice for Native Elders in the Doyon and Tanana Chiefs Conference region of Interior Alaska.
“We are forever grateful for the work Poldine did in founding FNA in the late 1960s,” said Aaron Schutt, Doyon’s president and CEO. “FNA was established prior to the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971, and was a critical advocacy organization for the Interior’s Native people during the ANCSA negotiations and implementation. Poldine played a huge role and she continued to attend Doyon, Limited board meetings to give all of us guidance right up until she passed.”
The Poldine Carlo Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a person who has demonstrated leadership, strong commitment, competence and sensitivity in the educational and cultural survival of Alaska Natives. Recipients may be chosen for contributions in the fields of health or education, maintenance of a traditional lifestyle, or for the example they set as parents.
In addition to the Poldine Carlo Citizen of the Year Award, nominations are being accepted for the following:
- Chief Andrew Isaac LeadershipAward recognizes a person age 35 or younger who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. The award is named in honor of the late Chief Andrew Isaac, who emphasized the importance of education for youth to become leaders of tomorrow.
- Gin’tith (Richard Frank) Military Service Awardrecognizes an Alaska Native who demonstrates a strong commitment and willingness to serve in the U.S. armed forced in the defense of the United States of America.
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. AKDT on Friday, October 26, 2018.
For more information about the Shareholder of the Year Awards, please contact shareholder outreach at 459-2085 (in Fairbanks), 1-888-478-4755 ext. 2085 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org.