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Norman Westerberg Receives Ethnic Heritage Award

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At its 23rd Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony on February 27 in Seattle, the Ethnic Heritage Council presented Norman Westerberg with its Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to a Northwest ethnic community. It is named after Aspasia Pulakis (of Greek ancestry), a founding board member and historian of the EHC in Washington State. The citation read:

“Mr. Westerberg, Consul Emeritus of Finland for the State of Washington, was born in the U.S., raised and educated in Finland, served in the United States Army, and has lived in Bellevue since 1979. Norman is a true “bridge builder” for the many segments of the local Finnish community, including recent Finnish immigrants, the older second generation Finnish Americans, the religious community, as well as the Swedish speaking Finns.”

Westerberg was introduced at the dinner by Lynn Wirta, President of the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters, Lodge 11 (Seattle). The 120 dinner guests were entertained by Finnish and Korean performers. The Finnish selections included solo songs by Maria Mannisto, and folk dancing by the Katrilli Finnish Dancers.

The award has been presented since 1983 and previous Nordic recipients are Sirkka Wilson (Finnish) in 1987 and Ingeborg Hansen (Norwegian) in 1991.

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