Spirit of Liberty Award

2015 winner Ali Ghambari. Photo courtesy of Nanci Spieker.

The Spirit of Liberty Award is given to a naturalized citizen who has made a significant contribution to his or her ethnic community and ethnic heritage, as well as to the community at large. It was first presented in 1986 to a Greek-American elder, Effie Wells, by renowned actress Carol Channing, who was performing in Seattle at the time. It is presented annually by U.S. Representative Jim McDermott at the 4th of July Naturalization Ceremony.

2015 Ali Ghambari Iranian-American
2014 Jens Lund Danish-American
2013 Jagdish Sharma Indian-American
2012 Simon Khin Burmese-American
2011 Helen M. Szablya Hungarian-American
2010 John F. Keane Irish-American
2009 Eduardo Mendonca Brazilian-American
2008 Ezra Teshome African-American
2007 Ramesh Gangolli Indian-American
2006 Alma Franulovich Plancich Croatian-American
2005 Assunta Ng Chinese-American
2004 Paull H. Shin Korean-American
2003 Olaf Johannesen Kvamme Norwegian-American
2002 Raja H. Atallah Arab-American
2001 Lucy Fueresz Hungarian-American
2000 Theodore Kaltsounis Greek-American
1999 Natacha Sesko Chinese-American
1998 Mary Shriane Irish-American
1997 Farhat J. Ziadeh Palestinian-American
1996 Tsering Chamatsang Yuthok Tibetan-American
1995 Bronka Kohn Serebrin Polish-American
1994 Helen Mirchuk Ukranian-American
1993 Henry Friedman Polish-American
1992 Carin Jacroux German-American
1991 Encarnacion F. Tajon Filipino-American
1990 Kalle Keranen Finnish-American
1989 Henning Boe Norwegian-American
1988 Alexander Shaw Chinese-American
1987 Ina Bray Lithuanian-American
1986 Effie Wells Greek-American