Community leader William Leak honored with Kenmore Heritage Society's McMaster Award

Inglemoor graduate Nathan Loutsis given Emerging Leader Award


William Leak, 2021 McMaster Award honoree, and Nathan Loutsis,

was named for the Emerging Leader honor


Normally presented in early February as part of the Kenmore Founder’s Day

celebration, the 2021 award presentation is Covid-postponed to July 14, and will be

presented to William (Bill) Leak at an outdoor ceremony at Rhododendron Park.


The new “Emerging Leader Award” has been established by KHS, to be presented annually to a young person demonstrating a commitment to our community through volunteerism and service. The 2021 award will be presented to Nathan Loutsis, a recent Inglemoor H.S. graduate, now studying at the University of Washington.


A longtime resident of Kenmore, Bill is being recognized for his community involvement, including being a founder and now the leading admin for Kenmore Neighbors, a Kenmore-specific Facebook site with nearly 8000 members. He is active in and has been chosen member of the month of Bothell/Kenmore Chamber.


He is a leader in his neighborhood association, and is an active member of, and contributor to, the Kenmore Business Alliance. Bill participated on the Economic Development Community Advisory Committee (CAC) assisting with the development of Kenmore’s Economic Development Strategy, adopted in 2009.


Nathan is the first youth to join the Kenmore Planning Commission, to which he came well prepared for every meeting, making excellent comments, and speaking up often. He has held several leadership positions in the National Honor Society at Inglemoor High School and has also held Student Body offices. He has been an instructor and senior official in Northlake Little League, and a volunteer sergeant with the King County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program.

KHS is proud to add these two citizens to its growing roster of outstanding Kenmore citizens to be recognized and honored with these special awards.


The McMaster Heritage Award, now in its 20th year, honors a local citizen who, through

volunteerism and service, has made a positive difference in the Kenmore community.

Established in 2002 by the Kenmore Heritage Society, the award bears the name of John

McMaster, the man who named Kenmore on January 10th, 1901.


The first award, presented in 2002, celebrated the community service of Ralph

Swanson, founder of Plywood Supply. Of the 20 awards presented to date, six recipients

have been women. Among the recipients have been local business owners, teachers, a

minister, and citizens dedicated to serving the community.


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