Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki (center right) holds her Skagit Change-Maker award. Standing with her is Debra Lancaster, executive director of United Way of Skagit County (left); Bill Henkel, executive director of Community Action of Skagit County; David Jefferson, community health analyst with Skagit County Public Health; Thomas Boucher, community development officer with North Coast Credit Union; and John Sternlicht, CEO of the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County.

MOUNT VERNON — Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki was recognized Thursday with the second annual Skagit Change-Maker Award for her work both in and out of government.

The award in honor of community health leader Terry Belcoe is given to those who exemplify his dedication to collaboration in tackling societal problems.

Belcoe died Sept. 23, 2016, at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer.

“We come together really well. Together, we can do it. I’m just one small piece of this puzzle,” Janicki said in her acceptance speech at the county Population Health Trust’s Powerful Partnerships — Health Community event.

Belcoe was CEO and president of North Coast Credit Union and served in leadership positions with United Way of Skagit County, Community Action of Skagit County, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) and the Population Health Trust.

Leaders of those organizations formed the committee that selected Janicki from the 17 nominees.

“So much of what Lisa does is behind the scenes and has an impact far wider than her current position as county commissioner,” said John Sternlicht, CEO of EDASC and one of the committee members.

Before Janicki was elected to public office in 2014, she worked for years as chief financial officer for Janicki Industries and is a leader in Soroptimist International of Sedro-Woolley, United Way of Skagit County, Skagit Women in Business and EDASC.

“If there is a good cause to support, Lisa is there with enthusiasm, hard work and whatever is needed — the true definition of giving her time, talent and treasure,” said Debra Lancaster, executive director of United Way of Skagit County.

— Reporter Brandon Stone:, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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