NUHSA 2018 Human Services awards ceremony

Friday, December 7, 2018

Nominees and winners were honored at NUHSA's 2018 Human Services Awards celebration on December 4, 2018, at Shoreline City Hall Council Chamber. King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski was the featured speaker.

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

Darry Buendra accepted on behalf of Srijan Chakraborty

Named as 2018 Human Services Champion was Srijan Chakraborty, Executive Director, Hunger Intervention Program (HIP).

Under Chakraborty's leadership partnerships were formed to provide food to Shoreline Schools students in need during the school years and to set up meals in parks during the summer.

Lauren Oliver, volunteer at
Center for Human Services

Honorable mention in this category went to:

  • Haruka Tang, Family Support Center Volunteer, Center for Human Services
  • Lauren Oliver, Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Volunteer, Center for Human Services
  • Judge Linda Portnoy, Presiding Judge, Lake Forest Park Municipal Court
  • Neha Raichur, Heather Corbin and Robyn Mah, Holiday Baskets Coordinators; Shoreline PTA Council
  • Elvira Vojnikovic, Former President, Islamic Community of Bosniaks of WA (ICBW); Board Member, Bosnian Youth of Seattle 

Judge Linda Portnoy, Presiding Judge, Lake Forest Park Municipal Court

Neha Raichur, Heather Corbin and Robyn Mah,
Holiday Baskets Coordinators; Shoreline PTA Council

The Shoreline PTA Council Holiday Baskets project is underway right now. With the help of all PTAs in the district, community members, and Shoreline Fire, it provides a box of food, toys for children, and gift cards for teens to 600 families, including over 700 kids aged 0-9 years old.

Counselors in Training are high school students
who volunteered with younger students at Ballinger Homes


Outstanding Human Services Program 
West Side: Counselors in Training Program

CiTs, Shorecrest and Shorewood students, provided 15+ hours of volunteer time each week over a six-week period, helping to facilitate the program and mentor younger students at Ballinger Homes.

Kenmore-Bothell Interfaith Group


Outstanding Human Services Program
East Side: Kenmore Bothell Interfaith Group

KBIG rallied local support to help bring the overnight Winter Shelter to Kenmore and also helped pave the way for Mary’s Place to open a year-round shelter.

Kae Peterson, President Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park
County Councilmember Rod Dembowski looks on.

Honorable mention:

  • King County Housing Authority
  • Compass Housing
  • Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park 


President’s Award: 
Shoreline City Council 

Shoreline has prioritized development of a thriving system of human services with leadership, funding and staffing, responding to increased needs with increased innovation and support.

In 2018, the City entered into a partnership with King County to develop up to 100 units of affordable housing, and in 2017, the City Council implemented increases to the City’s funding support of direct services, ensuring Shoreline residents have access to key support services that are delivered and supported locally.



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