The 2013 dual winners of the prestigious 2013 Barry Hance Memorial Award are Julia Parker, Indian Cultural Demonstrator, and Stephen “Stevie” Lynds, Trails Supervisor. The award is usually a single person, but in this case both excelled and are recognized.
You may know Julia. She sits in the Museum weaving baskets and talking about the old days. She has been an employee there 54 years ago. She tells about the history of American Indians, providing cultural demonstrations, and basket weaving demonstrations.
Stevie Lynds, is a 22-year veteran of the park and is a Trails Supervisor. His primary duties include maintaining and building park trails and supervising crews to build trails projects around the park.
The award is named in honor of Barry Hance, a long-term Facilities Management employee who died in an avalanche while plowing the Tioga Road in 1995. This award is given annually to employees who exemplify the qualities and attributes of Barry Hance. These include a positive attitude, a concern for fellow employees, a willingness to work with other divisions in the park, getting the job done, and a love for Yosemite National Park.
Stop into the Museum to meet Julia; Look for Stevie in the back weoods.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I will follow my instincts, and be myself for good or ill.” – John Muir
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