The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announced the winners of the Lake Spirit Awards at its second annual Community Appreciation Day event on Sept. 27.
Four winners, two from the North Shore and two from the South Shore, were honored for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect the beauty and clarity of Lake Tahoe and the Basin environment, TRPA stated in a press release.
"They represent the many unsung heroes tirelessly working to protect this special place," TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta said in announcing the awards.
This year there were two categories of winners: one for exemplary citizen and one for agency representative/environmental scientist.
Jacquie Chandler was the Lake Spirit Award winner in the citizen category from the North Shore. She was nominated for her tireless work as the volunteer Executive Director of Sustainable Tahoe, and the Tahoe Expo, a Geo-Tourism event designed to link "Prosperity with Lake Clarity." Her work began with the development of National Geographic's Geo-Tourism model here at Lake Tahoe which is now promoted by the Sierra Business Council in their Sierra-wide campaign.
John Dayberry was the Lake Spirit Award winner in the citizen category from the South Shore. He was honored for his leadership role in the World Canoe Project, which has been uniting native tribes to work together to educate and revitalize the water culture of peoples around the world. He was honored for inspiring people to connect with Lake Tahoe and become its protectors and stewards.
Heather Segale was the Lake Spirit Award winner in the agency representative/ environmental scientist category from the North Shore. She is the Education and Outreach Director for the University of California, Davis, Tahoe Environmental Research Center, and is described as one of the most dedicated science educators in the Tahoe Basin.
The final Lake Spirit Award winner in the agency representative/environmental scientist category was Alan Tolhurst, who passed away in July after a long battle with leukemia. Alan was a leader on the El Dorado County Planning Commission for 15 years and was also a long-standing member and chairman of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission. Tolhurt's widow, Brigette Dillet, accepted his award.