On Saturday, a Kodiak woman was given a special award at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Lydia Olsen was given the President’s Award for Health. AFN President Julie Kitka explains the purpose of the award.
— (AFN Olsen 1 56 sec "The Health Award … in this generation.")
Olsen was nominated by the Afognak Native Corporation, the Native Village of Afognak, and the Native Village of Port Lions. ANC’s board chair Ginger Ward praised Olsen’s work:
— (AFN Olsen 2 35 sec "Lydia’s commitment to our … recognizing her as well.")
Olsen was very emotional upon receiving her award:
— (AFN Olsen 3 46 sec "Let me catch my breath … I stand here before you today.")
She also had a message of hope for others at the convention who have struggles in their lives:
— (AFN Olsen 4 33 sec "I know this room is … I love you (applause fades)")
The award was given on Saturday, during the last day of the Alaska Federation of Natives gathering, held at the Dena’ina (d’NINE-ah) Convention Center in Anchorage.