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614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: March 21, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Pirtle, Volunteer Services Coordinator
  360.337.4650 or
No: 2014-029

Commissioners recognize outstanding volunteers

(Port Orchard, WA)  Kitsap County Commissioners will recognize Tom Curley and Cindy Van Winkle as Outstanding County Government Volunteers at their next public board meeting and issue a proclamation declaring April 6-12 as Kitsap County Volunteer Recognition Week. The awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m., March 24 in the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

Tom Curley is chair of the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC), where he’s served for over a decade. Under his leadership, the SCAC obtained a Safe Routes to School grant for sidewalks installed around Suquamish Elementary; created a community trail map showing parks, road ends and cultural sites; and spearheads an annual Suquamish Clean-Up to remove trash and beautify the downtown area. As the Geographic Information System Program Manager for the Suquamish Tribe, he’s donated his time and unique knowledge of the land and community to help map trails through county parks and act as a liaison between the Suquamish Tribal Government, the community, County Commissioners and other county departments. He also helps maintain local parks and serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for North Kitsap Fire and Rescue. He is currently assisting with another downtown project to create an informational kiosk and book exchange. His extraordinary efforts, communication and leadership encourage public engagement, participation and community pride.

Cindy Van Winkle has served on the Voter Access Advisory Committee of the Kitsap County Auditor’s Elections Division since its creation in 2007. Her feedback, input and support largely contributed to the success of Kitsap’s nationally recognized Online Ballot Access system for military voters and those with disabilities, one of the first of its kind in the country when introduced in 2010. The Online Ballot Access allows voters to access ballots from the internet where accessibility features such as audio, video and closed captioning are available. As president of the Washington Council of the Blind, Ms. Van Winkle is an advocate of accessible voting in the county and has helped promote the Online Ballot Access locally and throughout the state, where the Kitsap committee ranks as one of the most active and accessible. Her time and energy devoted to this program and the enthusiasm and service all members of the committee provide, have made it easier for citizens to exercise their civic right to vote and actively participate in government.

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