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Cynthia Harrison and Johnpaul Jones honored with 'Island Treasure' title

By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
January 23, 2013 · 3:25 PM
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Cindy Harrison has been honored with the 2013 Island Treasure Award. / Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council

The Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council has announced the 2013 recipients of its Island Treasure Award, and Cynthia Harrison and Johnpaul Jones have been singled out as prime examples of what makes Bainbridge Island great.

Harrison is widely known on the island after her tour as the head librarian at the Bainbridge Public Library from 1991 to 2007. She still volunteers at the library to this day.

Harrison has also lent her talents to the Bainbridge Choral, Helpline House, and the island's Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

Jones is one of Bainbridge Island's more prominent architects. An example of his work is the wall at the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. More recently, he designed The Waypoint park currently under construction on the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305.

The title of "Island Treasure" is one of Bainbridge's most prestigious honors.

Organized by the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, an anonymous group of 10 community members initially nominate candidates for the award. The nominations are handed to another anonymous jury, which selects the winners.

Past winners have included Jerry Elfendahl and Joel Sackett, contributors to the Bainbridge Island Review.

A ceremony honoring Harrison and Jones will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at IslandWood.

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