During the 2019 Education Fund Benefit Luncheon, two League of Women Voters of Thurston County Citizenship Awards were presented.
CIELO, Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia, has worked since 1996 to create and strengthen relationships between immigrants and their allies. It strives to welcome the expression and celebration of diverse cultures and traditions and building a strong multi-generational community with respect and dignity. It provides opportunities for people to acquire skills and resources that empower them to realize their full potential.
Director, Charo Portaro, is joined by board members and staff as she shows the CIELO award.
Cascadia Research Collective, based in Olympia, has conducted scientific research and educational presentations to a variety of audiences since its incorporation in 1979. Cascadia Research receives grants and contracts, primarily from government agencies, to pursue research in a variety of areas; mostly in the fields of marine mammal and bird biology, animal behavior, ecology, and pollution ecology. The company puts a premium on publication of research results in scientific literature; conducting and reporting results with emphasis on high quality as well as timely completion.
Staff member, Alie Perez, and Board member, Greg Falxa, were pleased to accept the award on behalf of John Calambokidis, founder of Cascadia Research Collective.