D S M W C J H AFN P’ A
Madeline Williams receives AFN Culture Bearer Award.
Clara ohnson receives AFN Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education Award.
Doyon shareholders Madeline Williams and Clara Johnson were named recipients of Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President’s Awards at the AFN Convention, which was held October 23-25 in Anchorage.
Madeline Williams received the Culture Bearer Award. Madeline is a Koyukon Athabascan who spent her childhood in a camp outside Huslia. She is the daughter of the late George Attla Sr. and Eliza Attla. When she was 17, Madeline moved to Hughes and married Bill Williams. ey have raised 10 children and have 17 grandchildren.
Madeline worked as a teacher for 10 years with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She is known for storytelling, crafts and teaching the Koyukon language. Following her retirement, she returned to Hughes, where she began teaching at the Yukon Koyukuk School District. She helped develop language materials and recordings that allow students to learn by listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Madeline has seen her work as a Denaakk’e language mentor come full circle as many of her former students now teach other students. Each July at Spirit Camp, Madeline works with her husband teaching youth survival skills, animal habits, language, the traditional reasons why certain things are done, and how to tan animal skins such as beaver and moose. ey also take a group out before hunting season to teach how to set up camp and demonstrate gathering skills in preparation for the winter, such as berry picking, duck and moose hunting, and preparation of the animals for storage for the winter ahead.
Clara Johnson received the Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education Award. Clara was born in Fairbanks and is a member of Baan-O-Yeel-Kon Corporation of Rampart. Her maternal grandparents are the late Martha and late George George of Rampart and her paternal grandparents are the late Sophia and late August Anderson of Sweden. Her parents are the late Einar Anderson and late Katherine Anderson of Rampart. She has two children, Maxine (Johnson) Dilbert and James Johnson II.
Clara has been an advocate for education for more than three decades. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1969 and a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in 1973. Since 1991, Clara has worked as the Director of the Interior Aleutians Campus. In the early 1980s, Clara worked as the Director of Family Services for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Prior to that, she was well-known for creating educational opportunities for Alaska Native students as Director of Rural Student Services with Fairbanks Native Association. She also developed numerous programs in the villages.
According to Clara, “Education has allowed me to help others change their lives. My life spans those decades when Native lives went through a great transformation. And I decided long ago to make a difference, to make a contribution through social action, which led to my career in higher education.”
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M N R I S A. D A
Representative Mary Nelson of Bethel was named the first recipient of the Shirley A. Demientieff Award at the recent Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. e award was established by the State of Alaska and is named after Shirley Demientieff, who served on the Doyon, Limited board and was a strong human rights advocate.
On behalf of Governor Sarah Palin, Lt. Governor Sean Parnell presented the award to Rep. Nelson, saying that she “speaks out on behalf of Native
women in the Alaska Legislature and tirelessly works for the dignity of Alaska women, better housing, against domestic violence and race and gender prejudice.”
Joining the Lt. Governor in congratulating Rep. Nelson were Ms. Demientieff's family along with Doyon board members and administration.
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D M T (DMT) P V
Sixteen shareholders were selected in September to participate in the fifth Doyon Management Training (DMT V) class. e training is designed to offer participants personal and professional growth by providing training in interpersonal effectiveness, management and leadership skills.
“We’re very excited to see Doyon’s fifth class of Doyon Management Training begin. We have a great class!” said Charlene Marth, Doyon’s Vice President of Human Resources who has overseen the program since its inception. “Doyon wishes DMT V all the best in their endeavors and looks forward to working with them through the next two years.”
Participants selected for DMT commit to two years of training. ey will attend eight weekend training sessions on a quarterly basis, participate in monthly coaching and teleconferences, develop goals, acquire a mentor, and tackle other assignments such as required reading.
While completion of DMT does not guarantee employment with Doyon, Limited or its Family of Companies, each participant develops broader management skills, which can greatly enhance their careers.
“DMT’s balanced approach to life, work and relationships gives this training an edge,” said Sarah Sherry, a DMT graduate. “rough DMT, one gets the opportunity to develop both personally as well as professionally.”
DMT lead facilitator Tracy Snow is joined by co-facilitator Nina Heyano. Both are Doyon shareholders.
Congratulations to the 16 shareholders selected for the class of 2010:
The Board of Directors and staff of Doyon, Limited extend their sincere condolences to the families and friends of the following shareholders who have passed away:
Harold Aloysius | 73 Holy Cross, AK
Robert Coutcher, | 64 opeka, KS
Herman L Hamilton | 70 Anchorage, AK
Joseph A. Middleton | 99 Juneau, AK
Peter L. Castel Sr. | 72 Kenai, AK
omas G. Evans | 72 Reno, NV
Joseph J. Lopez | 83 Douglas, AK
Christina Christian | 25 Fairbanks, AK
Josephine J. Freireich | 62 Grayling, AK
Annie Lord | 74 Old Cro , YT Canada
Richard A. Siverly Sr. | 74 Anchorage, AK