Heroes of the Week

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2006

Brooks a champion of awareness

The Alaska Mental Health Trust and its partner boards wish to give our public acknowledgement and thanks to musher Ramy Brooks for his 2006 Iditarod finish. He showed courage, commitment and a profound respect for the mental wellbeing of his dogs during one of the most challenging of his 12 Iditarod races.

For the past year, Ramy has showed that same courage and commitment by serving as our “champion” and bravely speaking out on Trust issues — mental health, suicide prevention, alcoholism and addictions, Alzheimer’s Disease and developmental disabilities.

We salute him for this work, which has helped many Alaskans realize there is hope and that there are people in every community willing to help.

If Ramy’s message has touched your life in some way, please let him know. E-mail him via www.ramybrooks.com.

John Pugh

Chair, board of trustees,

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Couple grateful for quality education

We would like to thank the exceptional staff at Mountain View Elementary School for giving our kids a quality education.

My wife and I have been involved with this school for six years and it is first rate with an involved, caring and conscientious staff. We would especially like to thank Dave Knudsen, Kelly Wannamaker, Julie Stephens, Marsha Gustkey, J.D. Uponen, Darolyn Brown and Jim Dawson. Thanks again, we will miss you.

Jim and Evelyn Magiera


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