Doyon Operations Manager Named Volunteer of the Year
Jamie Marunde (center) with Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker at the Volunteer of the Year Award reception. Photo credit: Office of the Governor.
Doyon, Limited Operations Manager Jamie Marunde, of Northway Alaska, has been named a 2016 First Lady Volunteer of the Year Award recipient. More than 90 Alaskans from around the state were nominated for the awards, and Marunde was one of 13 recipients. Winners were honored during a luncheon at the Governor’s House on May 4.
“The volunteer work that Alaskans do, day in and day out, often goes unheralded. These are not the kind of people who wait for things to change, wish for conditions to be different, or get involved simply seeking recognition,” said First Lady Donna Walker. “Highlighting the commitment and character of these fine Alaskans shows our appreciation for their sacrifices and encourages others to help build up their communities through giving of their time and talents.”
Marunde’s passion for volunteering started at a young age. In high school, she ran the youth center and community youth newspaper. In college, she volunteered as president of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) dorms and was an original member of the group that founded the existing UAA recycling and sustainably programs.
Marunde has served as a role model for young people in her village by living a healthy lifestyle, being committed to her culture and language, and pursuing a higher education. She received an AA Degree while still in high school and has since obtained her BA and MBA.
At 29, Marunde is the youngest elected member of her village corporation, where she serves as board chair. For the past few years, Marunde has been actively involved in traditional land use issues, and is currently developing a traditional land use plan for the Upper Tanana area. Marunde is also working with her mother to build and distribute Upper Tanana Athabascan language books to schools and communities in her region. Through the commitment of her time and resources, Marunde has given the community of Northway and her region a voice on critical issues facing the state.
First Lady Volunteer of the Year Awards recognize Alaskans who have displayed an extraordinary personal commitment to volunteer service, and have made a major impact on their community or state. First Lady Bella Hammond began the annual recognition in 1975.
“Doyon is thrilled that Jamie has been recognized by Gov. Walker and the First Lady as a Volunteer of the Year,” said Doyon COO Julie Morman. “Her commitment to traditional Athabascan values, her quiet tenacity in representing her village, and her willingness to be a role model for the younger generation in education and cultural values is tremendous. Jamie is a true leader and a great asset to Doyon.”