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Person of the Year 2018 Voting

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Vote for your Magnolia Person of the Year.

The 2018 Person of the Year will be recognized at a special dinner in January, with details to be announced soon. They are also featured in the Summerfest parade in August. Be part of this Chamber tradition by honoring someone who contributes to our neighborhood!

Voting Process

The community submitted nominees by December 11th, and the list was sent in December 2018 to our email list. Voting ends December 19th, and all community members are invited to vote. If you were not on our mailing list, please feel free to send a message with your vote via the contact form or directly to

2018 Nominees

Nancy Gellos/Claudia Newman: for their tireless efforts in uniting residents, the schools and businesses around a project like the Village Mural and launching and leading the quarterly Art Walk.

Candice Hoyt: for her countless hours of volunteering to support the children’s area of Summerfest and so many events and objectives of the Chamber in support of Magnolia.

Sharon Paul: for her diligent work with a heartfelt desire to serve the Catharine Blaine community as the president of the PTA.

Tolga Seymen: He is all about building and growing community. He has brought so much joy and enthusiasm to Magnolia! He has been so generous to our school and forming a partnership with the PTA that has now helped relationships grow with other businesses. Also for hosting a "flavor contest" at the school and then opening up his kitchen to the two winning groups to help him make the new gelato flavor. The kids were beyond thrilled! He has also created Taco Tuesdays that support the local PTA, and supported events such as Bike the Bluff and auctions.

Doug Kaimakis/Cinde Ennis (2017 joint awardees): For all that they have done to breathe new life into Magnolia’s Summer Festival. They have absolutely transformed Summerfest Magnolia into a vibrant, fun, and safe venue for greater Magnolia and Seattle. 

Steve Smalley: for his chronicles and podcasts and live streaming of events like the Magnolia Bridge meeting.

Polly Critchlow: owned and taught at Creative Arts for 30 years.  Tons of Magnolia pre-schoolers went to her school and learned how to get along, play together, and have fun. Polly and her school have been a gift to our community.

Al Mangold: Al is the definition of bringing a positive impact to our community.  I have never met anyone that goes so out of his way just to help someone, learn about someone, teach someone something new, inspire them to enrich their lives or just to brighten someones day. People have come in and told me a story of when Al was just walking by (he walks miles every day) and saw they needed something in their shop or for something they were working on and he went home and forged it for them (he is a blacksmith).  Al is constantly inspiring people to try new things, often inviting them to try archery with him, learn to bake, try writing or sharing poetry and so much more. He is constantly inspiring people to meet new people, try new things, be friendly and generally be a better member of society.

Elizabeth Servey: She recently rushed to the site of a major car accident on Thorndyke. She administered first aid, stopped the bleeding and stayed with the man until emergency personnel arrived. She was thanked in a letter from the Seattle Fire Department and the American Legion for her heroic actions and selfless service to the community. Elizabeth has also organized and coordinated the Scouts participation in Veteran Administration hospital visits and flag retirement ceremonies with the Ballard Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3063, of which Elizabeth is also a longtime member. Elizabeth and her husband Brian have been a driving force within Magnolia Boy Scout Troop 80 which meets in Magnolia.

Wes Walls: In addition to being one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, he’s a deep soul who cares greatly about individuals and how they mesh with their community. That’s why he spends so much time reinforcing the sense of “community” within the Magnolia community. He understands that the emotional and psychological sense of belonging to a group or groups larger than our own is what defines community within a geographic community. It’s what drew him to be involved with Magnolia Summerfest three years ago, and to then join the Chamber board.

Earlier Event: December 1
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