Sealaska Corporate Controller Honored

Vicki Soboleff is a solid example of upholding Sealaska’s core Native values like Haa Latseen | Íitl’ Dagwiigáay | Na Yugyetga’nm | our strength, leadership. As a result of her dedication to the Ldakát Naax Satí Yátx’í (All Nations Children) dance group, many former students are creating positive impacts in the Native community.

Sealaska Corporate Controller Vicki Soboleff

Sealaska corporate controller Vicki Soboleff will receive a 2016 Alaska Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum announced December 11, 2015 eight honorees including Soboleff. Vicki has been awarded the Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages.

During the last 20 years, she has been the group leader for Ldakát Naax Satí Yátx’í (All Nations Children) dance group. She says the group is an opportunity to teach Alaska Native youth about their culture, promote self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership.

In August 2015 she handed over the dance group leadership position to Barbara Dude (Sealaska Board Youth Advisor), a former member of the dance group. “It’s rewarding to work as the corporate controller, helping to meet the company’s goals and objectives,” said Soboleff. “I was also taught to respect our Native values and to work to help other people succeed.”

VIcki is a solid example of upholding Sealaska’s core Native values like Haa Latseen | Íitl’ Dagwiigáay | Na Yugyetga’nm | our strength, leadership. She first joined Sealaska as a corporate accountant, and then returned in 2003 as the senior corporate accountant and controller. In 2010 Vicki was promoted to corporate headquarters controller.

The annual Alaska Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities are co-presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum in coordination with the Office of the Governor. The 2016 recipients will be honored at a ceremony Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: June Rogers (Fairbanks)
  • Individual Artist Award: Pat Garley (Palmer)
  • Arts Advocacy Award: Nancy DeCherney (Juneau)
  • Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages: Vicki Soboleff (Juneau)

2016 Governor’s Awards for the Humanities

Distinguished Service to the Humanities

  • Cyrano’s Theartre Company (Anchorage)
  • Steve Henrikson, Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections (Juneau)
  • Lucy “Ahvaiyak” Richards, Inupiaq Language Instructor (Barrow)

Alaska Studies Educator of the Year

  • Marc Swanson, Kenai Mountains-Turnagin Arm National Heritage Area Curriculum Developer (Seward)

 

 

 

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