Burien City Council Names John Feeney ‘Citizen of the Year’


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Burien City Council members unanimously named John Feeney Burien’s 2012 Citizen of the Year on Monday, Feb. 13.

Feeney will be introduced and honored at a reception during the council’s next meeting Feb. 27.

The Citizen of the Year Award is given annually to a person or organization that makes “a significant contribution to the community.”

Feeney, who has participated as a volunteer, working with high school students on local conservation efforts, “is deeply involved with several elementary schools, helping with reading programs and additional warm clothing projects,” his nomination reads.

“John Feeney works himself into the ground to help the people of Burien without asking for anything in return,” it continues. He is described as “a true hero.”

A retired driver/salesman for Gai’s Bakery, he has helped teach students at New Start High School identify and properly remove invasive plants in Salmon Creek Park and Salmon Creek Ravine, working side by side with them “through rain and snow.”

Next, he taught them how to properly plant and mark native plants – an activity for which New Start High School and the students received a King County Earth Hero award.

Feeney did this for a second year, teaching by example “students who had never been taught how to do physical work” and “rose to his challenge.”

He also mentored a student who needed a senior project to graduate in building a greenhouse for the school.

And, the nominating statement notes, he created a clothing bank with donated clothes, racks and more for homeless students attending New Start.

Several council members said privately after their Monday meeting that one of the things they found appealing about Feeney in voting him this award is that he goes about his volunteer activities quietly, never seeking recognition for his contributions to these students.

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10 Responses to “Burien City Council Names John Feeney ‘Citizen of the Year’”
  1. Bill Opfermann & Rebecca Dare says:

    John Feeney deserves this recoginition. As I’ve come to know him as a member of Sustainable Burien, his heart is for service and he has helped our community immensely in the countless relationships he has formed and projects he has fostered which will bode well for Burien long into the future. Thanks John.

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  2. wheels says:

    An excellent choice. Well deserved.

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  3. We cannot think of a more deserving person. John gives from his heart for the benefit of children and the community. Great selection! Gene and Carol Sharratt

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  4. areyouserious says:

    Thank you sir for all that you do; we certainly need more people like you!

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  5. Kevin says:

    John certainly deserves this award, what is listed above is only a small part of the volunteer work he does.

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  6. Bev Mowrer says:

    I am honored to count him as a true friend. John is one of those rare individuals that understands what is important and is willing to do what it takes to get a job done. This honor is well deserved!

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  7. Rob says:

    Well deserved John! I must repeat what the others have said, and add that you make the city a better place to live in!

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  8. Becca Campbell says:

    John Feeney is a fine example of how citizens keep our community strong, vibrant, and caring! I love seeing John around town, helping others, and I admire his effortless desire to lend a (strong) helping hand from moving soil to celebrating to being an all around great guy. It makes me proud to live in Burien with neighbors like John around! Well done, John!

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  9. Michael Stein-Ross says:

    Wonderful man. Well deserved honor. He went out of his way last year to help my students build the rain garden at St. Francis. Thanks John for all you do!

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  10. Steve says:

    I don’t know how he finds the time to do all of these projects! He’s a great man, I love the work he’s doing for our community!

    Thanks John!

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