Moving Wall organizer named citizen of the year |

Moving Wall organizer named citizen of the year

Nadia Sandoval with her award for citizen of the year.
John T. Humphrey

One of the most dramatic experiences in Carson Valley during 2018 was the arrival of the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall.

East Side Memorial Park’s Nadia Sandoval arranged for the wall to come to Minden, taking on all the tasks from approaching the wall’s organizers to getting permits to raising the money and coordinating with everyone for the event.

“For anyone who was there, whether at the opening ceremony, in the light of day later during the week, or visiting quietly in the middle of the night, what you experienced was due to her efforts,” Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Chernock said in presenting Sandoval the award for citizen of the year. “In a community with thousands of veterans, many of them Vietnam-era vets, this visit from the moving wall was emotional, cathartic, healing and moving. It changed all of us forever.”

On Saturday, around 160 members of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce honored several individuals for their contribution to Carson Valley life at their annual gala held at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Aktion Club of Carson Valley founder Gary Dove was named volunteer of the year. Dove has served as chairman of Project Santa Claus for four years.

Chernock credited Dove with being a key member of the Aviation Roundup Leadership Team and is a director on the board of the Douglas County Community Services Foundation.

Valley Eyecare and Eyewear Gallery was named the business of the year.

“They have conducted a glasses school supply drive for the Douglas County School District for years, and each year, on World Sight Day … they donate all the exam fees of that day to provide glasses to underserved areas of the world,” Chernock said.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Douglas County was named nonprofit organization of the year for serving as the voice for children in court.

In 2017, volunteers served nearly 2,000 hours advocating for 66 children.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Teresa Duffy was named employee of the year for her work as youth services officer.

“Her dedication to the programs and the children in the community is evident when you see her on her own time working an event or chasing sponsors or just talking with some of the now grown children whose lives have been influenced by the programs and her efforts,” Chernock said.

The Carson Valley Lions Club, which is celebrating 65 years since its founding, was named service club of the year.

The group sponsors the student speaking contest and maintenance of the student speaking foundation.

They provide three $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors each year, as well as sponsoring children to attend the Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children and the annual Douglas High School Wrestling Tournament.