Nomination period opens for First Lady’s awards

Former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond and Bella as a young couple dating after World War II Photo courtesy of Heidi Hammond

Nominations are being accepted through March 10 for the 2022 First lady’s Volunteer Awards, a state tradition established in 1975 by the late First Lady Bella Hammond, to recognized volunteers who have made an extraordinary contribution within Alaska communities and the state.

First Lady Rose Dunleavy said it is always a great honor to award such hardworking Alaskans, who do not often receive recognition.

“Each year we receive amazing nominations with inspirational stories to tell,” Dunleavy said. “I look forward to learning about these Alaskans and sharing their stories once the winners are announced.”

Nominations can be submitted at or by using hard copies which are available to pick up in person at the governor’s offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Soldotna, Fairbanks and Palmer.

The First Lady’s Volunteer Awards ceremony and luncheon will be tentatively held at the governor’s residence in Juneau this spring.