Shareholder Spotlight: Doyon Shareholders Receive 2017 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement Awards
Two Doyon, Limited shareholders, Betty Huntington and Marie Monroe, along with eight other Alaska women, were named 2017 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement last month. The award recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, in addition to contributing greatly to the local community.
Marie Irwin Monroe, from Fairbanks, is the daughter of the late John D. “Jack” and Jennie Suckik Irwin. Her paternal grandparents are the late John D. and Mae Sweet Irwin of Monterey, California. Her maternal grandparents are the late Charlie Suckik and Bessie Williams from the Kobuk and Koyukuk areas. Monroe raised her three children with her late husband, Ted Monroe. She now enjoys being a grandmother of nine with her husband, Bill Walsh.
Monroe has worked for Doyon and managed the Kantishna Roadhouse for the past 22 years. “Prior to working for Doyon, I owned and operated my own school bus business in the Nenana area for 24 years while raising my family, building a home and working in and for my community,” she said.
“The primary mission of the YWCA is the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women,” Monroe said. “I come from a long line of strong, self-reliant women and I believe that the person who nominated me and those that selected me for the 28th Annual Women of Achievement Award recognized that empowering women and eliminating racism are, and have always been, my life’s purpose … the way I live my life. The human race is struggling. I believe, as the Dalai Lama and many others do, that the world will be saved by women – empowered women who have the ability to demonstrate and inspire unity and acceptance over discrimination and resistance.”
Betty G. Huntington was raised in Galena. She is the daughter of the late Sidney and Angela Huntington. She has four children and six grandchildren.
Huntington serves as the chief executive officer of Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, a position she has held since 2000. Previously, she served as controller for Doyon, Limited from 1994 – 2007.
“I am not sure why I was nominated, however, it is very humbling that they think me worthy of any award,” Huntington said. “I think as women we must all do what we can to mentor and help other women when and where we can, and that is all I have tried to do in my life.”
“Betty was nominated for the YWCA award because she is a CEO and a coach both professionally and personally – whether it be in the business world or with family lives (she has assisted in the coaching of over 20 live births),” stated Jennine Jordan. “She mentors women to be successful. In fact, almost 80 percent of the staff working for the parent company, Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, are women. Betty spearheads kindness in the work environment by being inclusive, encouraging food potlucks, and by making donations to employee and shareholder events such as the Gana-A’Yoo Foundation and the Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk. She is well respected by her colleagues, peers, family, friends and community.”
The 2017 Women of Achievement Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 8 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage. To register to attend, click here.