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Tualatin chamber recognizes volunteers, excellence for 2006

TUALATIN - The Tualatin Chamber of Commerce recognized six other community residents and organizations during the 2007 Celebrate Tualatin dinner last week. At the dinner, the city of Tualatin also recognized Frank Bubenik, the co-chair of the city's Tualatin Tomorrow visioning project, as the 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Starbucks received the Business Excellence Award for its volunteer efforts in adopting the Tualatin Community Park. The business banded together with five other regional stores, and three times during the year Starbucks employees and volunteers worked on special projects to maintain and improve the park.

Friends of the Tualatin Public Library's board of directors received the Spirit of Tualatin award. The nonprofit group has raised and donated about $12,500 to the city's library. The group's ongoing book sale project generates several hundred dollars each month.

The chamber recognized Ammon Veil as the 2006 Outstanding Young Person of the Year. Veil completed an Eagle Scout project, which focused on the restoration of a washed-out streambed along Hedges Creek near Ibach Park. Veil and 40 others worked a total of 224 hours and planted more than 100 trees along the streambed.

Jennifer Price was recognized with the 2006 Commitment to Youth Award for continued dedication and service to Byrom Elementary School. Price has served on the school's PSO board, site council, as a room mom and an auction chairwoman. Last year Price led the way for Byrom's auction, which raised more than $45,000.

The chamber's Outstanding Service Award was presented to Carrie Taylor, a volunteer at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital's gift shop. Since 2000, Taylor has volunteered several thousand hours at the hospital. In the presentation of the award, Taylor was described as 'a leader in every sense of the word.'

Heidi Poole, of Pacific Continental Bank, was named the Outstanding Chamber Volunteer of the Year. This award is given to a person 'who has been an integral part of the chamber by giving freely of his or her time and talents to make the chamber better.' Poole was described as attending nearly every single chamber-sponsored event. She was also described by her co-workers as 'wowing' her clients and fellow employees on a daily basis.