The Annual Flash of Silver Award
Participants in the 1095 Skagit Coalition have come to see the provision of nourishment for children as a river that feeds an irrigation system that reaches every child across Skagit County three times a day, every day of the year – which equals 1,095 meals. Here and there we have found obstacles that limit this essential distribution. Our task has been, and will continue to be, the creative removal of these obstructions.
We see the wild Pacific salmon’s run upstream as a metaphor for overcoming such obstacles. With a “flash of silver,” they leap over what would hinder other fresh water fish, an example to other salmon that will follow.
We have emblazoned this “leaping” salmon on a “silver” spade to remind us that some obstacles need to be dug out by hand, using good, old-fashioned hard work. This effort, like the salmon’s “flash of silver” is the way we can encourage each other as we “dig” our way out of this cultural injustice.
In the fall of each year, we award one brightly polished silver dollar to the 1095 Skagit Coalition Member who, in the eyes of our members, has best exhibited compassion, commitment, and consistency in helping to clear the way for nourishment to flow like a river to our children, three times a day, every day of the year: 1095.
By 2020, our vision is that we will fully nourish all children in Skagit County so that they will grow and prosper.
2017: Maureen Pettit & Michael Frazier
2015: Erik Olson and Jose Ortiz
2014: Rita Ordonez
2013: Steve Crider
2012: Eusebio Hernandez
(pictured here with Graham Kerr, right)
Terry Belcoe with Graham Kerr, 2016