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Helen Cain is Tualatins Volunteer of the Year

by: , Helen Cain

TUALATIN - From a landmark business to a walking encyclopedia of Tualatin's history, the winners of this year's Tualatin Chamber of Commerce's Celebrate Tualatin awards all gave a hand in volunteering in the community.

On Thursday, April 17, the chamber hosted its annual Celebrate Tualatin dinner and awards banquet. Designed to give recognition to hard-working volunteers and involved businesses, the chamber handed out nine awards and the city of Tualatin gave out its coveted Volunteer of the Year Award.

Helen Cain, a frequent volunteer at the Tualatin Police Department, was recognized with the city's Volunteer of the Year Award.

Police Chief Kent Barker nominated Cain for the honor. Last year, Cain volunteered for 200 hours in the city. Barker noted that as department staff had to take weeks or months off for personal reasons, Cain stepped in to fill in the gaps.

'She's a passionate woman who cares about the community,' Barker said.

The chamber's Distinguished Citizen Award went to Del Judy. Described as 'a walking encyclopedia of names, places and events,' Judy was recognized for her lasting contributions to the Tualatin Community including her involvement with the Tualatin Historical Society.

The Business Excellence Award went to 'Tualatin landmark' Hayden's Lakefront Grill. The restaurant, which gave more than $5,000 in in-kind donations to last year's Starry Nights and Holiday Lights tree lighting event, was recognized for its demonstrated interest in the welfare of the Tualatin community through financial contributions and involvement.

David Skoglund received the Spirit of Tualatin Award, an award designed to honor a group or person whose volunteer efforts have largely gone unheralded in the past. As owner of Sea of Green Hydro Seeding, Skoglund has for more than 15 years donated time and equipment to move soil for and groom city ball fields.

The chamber also recognized Justin Ross with the Outstanding Young Person Award. Ross completed his Eagle Scout project in Tualatin in which he repaired the bridge over Hedges Creek.

Haggen Food and Pharmacy was recognized with the Commitment to Youth and Community Award. The grocery store has long been a supporter of activities put on by the Tualatin Youth Advisory Council and last year donated more than $400 in food for 350 student lunches for a Project FRIENDS event.

Jack Broome, the noted husband of another well-known volunteer in Tualatin Althea Pratt-Broome, was recognized with the Outstanding Service Award. Jack Broome was described as a 'great pioneer and tireless worker for the environment.'

The Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award went to Diane Mead who last year took on the responsibility for coordinating one of the chamber's most popular events - the Tualatin Crawfish Festival.

Tualatin Chamber of Commerce President Cheryl Dorman was recognized as the Business Person of the Year. And YAC member and reigning champion of the Tualatin crawfish-eating kids contest Katie Ogden was recognized with the chamber's Outstanding Young Person Award.