2016 Civic Award Winners

  • Citizen of the Year: Dick Spady

Dick Spady, who passed away on January 10, 2016, was best known as the namesake of the iconic Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants in Seattle and Edmonds. But for decades Dick was also a visionary entrepreneur of civic and social models for sustainable communities in our state, our nation, and around the world. Dick’s notion that “a sustainable dialogue is a necessary precursor to a sustainable community” grounded his worldview that all of us together are responsible as “civilization builders” of the future.  Dick authored a number of publications (available at the Seattle Public Library) including his seminal 2002 book, The Leadership of Civilization Building. Accepting the award on behalf of their father are Dick’s two oldest sons John and Jim Spady.


  • Public Employee of the Year: Diane Sugimura

For 14 years, under three mayors, Diane led the Department of Planning and Development – with responsibility for long-range and comprehensive planning, policy and code development, plan review, permit issuance, inspections and enforcement. Diane is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); Public Employee of the Year awarded jointly by local chapters of Master Builders Association and the American Planning Association; named a Living Building Hero and a Cascadia Green Building Council Fellow, both in 2013; and was on the Governor’s SR 530 Commission.  She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is on the Board of Trustees for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, and is a member of the Cascadia Congress.


  • Organization of the Year: Chief Seattle Club

The Chief Seattle Club exists to provide sacred space to nurture, affirm and renew the spirit of urban Native people.  The Chief Seattle Club is a human service agency that provides for the basic needs of their members, many of whom are experiencing homelessness.  Over 50,000 meals are served every year and members can access quality nursing care, mental health providers, chemical dependency professionals and traditional healing practices.   Native people in urban areas face unique challenges and the Chief Seattle Club embraces the cultures, languages, and traditions of Alaska Natives and American Indians as the primary method for healing and transformation.


  • Government News Reporting of the Year: Brian Callanan

Brian Callanan’s career in broadcast journalism started in 1995 and has included stops in Roseburg, Oregon, Spokane, and Seattle. From 2000-2011, Brian was a reporter/fill-in anchor for Q13 FOX News. Since then, he’s hosted the Seattle Channel’s award-winning public affairs programs: City Inside/Out, Council Edition, Seattle Speaks, and Our City, Our Schools. Over his career, Brian has won three Emmy® Awards and several other accolades from the Society for Professional Journalists and the National Press Photographer’s Association. He lives with his wife and two daughters in West Seattle, and enjoys playing music, singing, running, and adventuring all over the Northwest.


  • Warren G. Magnuson Award: Constance Rice

Constance W. Rice is the Senior Executive Fellow for Casey Family Programs; the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, Casey Family Programs works in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. A tireless activist and civic volunteer, Dr. Rice has made her mark in many areas of national and international service. As founder and past president of Strategic Education Centers, Dr. Rice and her advisory board established two educational centers in Swaziland. Dr. Rice also served as the national founding Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, U.S.A. Dedicated to establishing the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, the foundation is now located in New York City.


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