2020 Community Leadership Award Honorees Recognized

Photo gallery shows many recipients doing their best to social distance while receiving award plaque


Earlier this month, Leadership Thurston County (LTC) and the Thurston County Chamber Foundation recognized the following individuals and organizations for their outstanding initiative, inspiration to others, and the significant impact they made in 2020 through the Community Leadership Awards.

  • Amanda Ruston, HDR Inc.
  • Anne Larsen, Olympia Police Department
  • Covid-19 Response Fund*
  • Harold Pickernell, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
  • Jason Robertson, J Robertson & Co.
  • Jennifer Hermann, Olympia Symphony Orchestra
  • Judge Brett Buckley
  • Judge Erik D. Price
  • Justice Debra Stephens
  • JW Foster, Mayor, City of Yelm
  • Panowicz Jewelers
  • Rickie Ramage, Little Creek Casino & Resort
  • Thurston County Auditor's Office - Election Team
  • Thurston County Food Bank
  • Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Dept.
  • Thurston Strong**
  • Todd Cutts, Olympia Downtown Alliance
  • TVW | Washington's Public Affairs Network

*Covid-19 Response Fund:

  • Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
  • United Way of Thurston County

**Thurston Strong partners:

  • City of Lacey
  • City of Olympia
  • City of Tumwater
  • Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
  • Experience Olympia & Beyond
  • J Robertson and Co.
  • Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council
  • Port of Olympia
  • Thurston County
  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
  • Thurston County EDC

In light of the pandemic, the annual Distinguished Leadership Awards was put on hold for 2021 but LTC is very much pushing through this year, with a complete class participating virtually for the monthly Challenge Days.  When the opportunity came to celebrate community leaders in a different format than the traditional in-person event, the LTC Board of Regents jumped at the chance to spread some joy into our community while celebrating leadership, establishing the Community Leadership Awards.

“Nominations from the community flooded in via online forms in December and January, with many individuals and organizations receiving multiple nominations, a sure sign of the impact being made in Thurston County.” said Cecelia Loveless, LTC Board Member and event committee chair.   

A total of 27 organizations and individuals recognized with hand delivered plaques and tokens of appreciation by the LTC Board of Regents between February 25-March 3.  Many thanks to our Presenting Partner, TwinStar Credit Union for helping us make the Community Leadership Awards happen.

Leadership Thurston County is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and has been developing informed, skilled and committed community leaders since 1994. For information, please go to http://leadthurstoncounty.com/.

Video here: https://www.facebook.com/LeadershipThurstonCounty/videos/267931701559729

The above was provided by Leadership Thurston County, a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation.


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