Burien Council Names Citizen Award Winners for 2011; Awards Will Be Mar. 4
Maggie Larrick and Eric Dickman were voted recipients of the 2011 Burien community leaders award by the city council on Feb. 7.
For the past six seasons, Larrick and Dickman have been the driving force behind the Burien Little Theatre to create a strong, viable theatrical organization.
They are working as volunteers to bring quality live theater to Burien and the surrounding Highline area.
Larrick, the managing director of the BLT, is a former editor and writer for community newspapers in Seattle and earlier in Burien. An attorney who practices maritime law, Dickman is artistic director of the theatre.
Beyond the stage lights, they are married in real life.
They also provide light and sound support for other staged events in Burien, train Highline School District students to work as interns with the BLT, use local choreographers to stage their shows, helped bring Shakespeare-in-the-Park to Burien, partner with Theatro – a local Latino drama group, and lead efforts to raise funds and donate BLT proceeds for Hospitality House, Transform Burien and local food banks.
Voted business leader of the year was Debra George, who was the first executive director of Discover Burien. She currently manages Burien’s Farmers Market and plans and produces other special events for the downtown organization.
George is also involved in other efforts to market Burien and business opportunities in the city beyond the Highline area, and is co-owner of the Mark Restaurant in Olde Burien.
Michael Stein-Ross, who teaches at St. Francis of Assisi School in Seahurst, is education leader of the year. He is currently teaching his students to build a rain garden in the school lawn facing SW 152nd St., and wants it to be a demonstration rain garden for Burien residents.
Environmental leader of the year is Brooks Stanfield, organizer of the Bike Rodeo at the 2010 Burien Wild Strawberry Festival. He is active in increasing awareness of bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation in Burien.
The recipients will be honored at Burien’s annual awards dinner on Friday, March 4, at 8:15 p.m. The event, which is organized by Discover Burien and will include a silent auction, will be at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. S.W.
Burien’s first citizen awards were presented in 2003 when the city commemorated 10 years of incorporation. They have been presented annually since then.