Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rep. Wendy Jaquet wins humanitarian award

Award luncheon Saturday at Sun Valley Lodge


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

State Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, will be honored this weekend for her contributions as a lawmaker to humanitarian causes in Idaho.

Jaquet is a Democrat serving her eighth term representing Idaho's District 25. The district includes all of Blaine, Camas, Lincoln and Gooding counties.

On Saturday, May 14, at the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room, Jaquet will receive the annual Ann & Doug Christensen Humanitarian Award, given each year by the Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living.

The award is given each year to an individual or organization whose work in local and regional communities is an example of the principles promoted by "A Season for Non-Violence," which annually runs from Jan. 30 through April 4.

Inspired by the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, the movement is a national 64-day educational and inspirational campaign dedicated to the idea that nonviolence is a compelling way to transform and empower lives and communities.

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A news release issued by Rev. John Moreland of Light on the Mountain says Jaquet "has been a harmonizing influence in the state Legislature, championing many initiatives that have bettered the lives of the residents of Idaho."

Jaquet recently won the Kate Feltham Award, given by the Association of Idaho Women Lawyers to people who promote the rights of women within the state legal profession and legal justice system. Jaquet has initiated legislation affecting many areas of society. Among the accomplishments she cites on her website are:

(Doubling the penalty if domestic abuse is committed in front of a child.

(Preventing health insurers from exempting recreation injuries from benefits.

(Changing death row inmate solitary confinement to maximum security at director's discretion.

The award will be presented to Jaquet at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is open to the public, with reservations available by calling Light on the Mountains at 727-1631 or e-mailing office@lightonthemountains.com.

Reservations are not available on the day of the event.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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