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Movers & Shakers November 6, 2010

| November 6, 2010 9:00 PM

Wilcox receives I-way Leadership Award

Craig Wilcox, financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Co. in Coeur d'Alene, was recently awarded a 2010 Idaho Transportation Department I-way Leadership Award for his work on the North Idaho Benches project.

Wilcox spearheaded a process, in cooperation with the KMPO's Public Transportation Roundtable and the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee, to wade through codes, accessibility issues, funding challenges, and more to create "Benches for Bus Stops." Local entities were invited to sponsor a bench, and at least 26 benches have been secured and placed at Citylink bus stops throughout Kootenai County.

The I-way Leadership Award recognizes the North Idaho Benches project and Craig Wilcox for his initiative in recognizing and addressing a significant and often overlooked barrier to an individual's mobility.

Avista employees donate to project share

A $10,000 donation has been made in the name of the employees of Avista to the company's project share fund for emergency energy assistance to aid residents in eastern Washington, North Idaho and part of southern and eastern Oregon during the winter's heating season, the company announced this week.

Nellis to co-chair UI veterans program

BOISE (AP) - The wife of University of Idaho president Duane Nellis will co-chair a program that helps severely and permanently wounded Iraq veterans enroll and graduate without debt.

The university announced Ruthie Nellis will help lead the Operation Education scholarship program this week.

She will serve as honorary co-chair for the program with Bonnie Amos, wife of Marine Corps commandant Gen. James Amos, a University of Idaho graduate.

In their new roles, Nellis and Amos will advocate and fundraise for the program.

Operation Education started at the university in 2006, when Tim White was president and his wife helped spearhead the program. Karen White has since replicated the program at the University of California-Riverside, where her husband was named chancellor in 2008.

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