Homer activists Roberta Highland and Justice Sky have been honored by the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s 2013 Conservation Achievement Awards.
Highland will receive the Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions, while Homer High School graduate Sky will receive the Denny Wilcher Award for Young Environmental Activists.
The awards are to be presented in Anchorage on Sept. 19, 2013.
Sky was the longest standing Alaska Youth Environmental Activist member from this year’s line up of Homer High grads. His AYEA adventures first started at the Art in Action Training in 2008.
Justice Sky first attended the Civics and Conservation Summit in 2009, and returned in 2013 for his fourth year. He has also been a strong leader for the HAYEA chapter in Homer; working on issues ranging from renewable energy, opposing coal mining, and promoting local food.
Roberta Highland has been volunteering for decades and is a strong community activist. She has worked on several significant issues requiring statewide coordination for success. These include the creation of the Fritz Creek Anchor River Critical Habitat Area, for which she received an award from the governor for her efforts, and the Kachemak Bay State Park buyback.
She served as the Director of Home Health for seven years after she and an associate lobbied to bring a home health department to South Peninsula Hospital.
Highland is civically engaged through her seats on the Homer Advisory Planning Commission and the SPH Service Area Board. She serves as President of the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society and the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association.
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