On Wednesday, Lt. Gov. Habib served as the keynote speaker of the 2017 Gen. George C. Marshall Awards, hosted at the Providence Academy. The Fort Vancouver National Trust organizes the annual ceremony to recognize a youth leader and an adult leader in the community who demonstrates qualities that reflect the values and characteristics of Gen. Marshall.
Organizers selected the winners from 22 youth nominees and eight adult nominees. The lieutenant governor was honored to speak just before the winners—Max Ault of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and Sophie Muro of Camas High School—were announced.
“Having learned from the past, leaders live in the present with an eye on the future.” – General George C. Marshall
Habib emphasized his own ability to access state services as a student, which helped him acquire a high-quality education despite being blind. Washington state’s strong safety net, including Vancouver’s Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB), played a large role in Habib’s ability to achieve success. Expanding these types of services and helping others access education continues to motivate Habib in his public service career, where he is working to expand access to opportunity and build a more prosperous Washington for all.