Lydia Olsen Honored at AFN for Health Work


Jay Barrett/KMXT

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.


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