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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hedetniemi of Annandale named Fairfax County Citizen of the Year


The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations has named Janyce Hedetniemi of Annandale, an at-large member of the Planning Commission, the 2013 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year.

Hedetniemi also represents the Braddock District on the Tysons Land Use Task Force and has also as an at-large member of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and chair of the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission. In 2012, she helped form and served as the first chair of the Braddock District Land Use and Environmental Management Committee. 

Before her retirement from the National Institutes of Health, Hedetniemi was director of the NIHOffice of Community Liaison, where she created a national model for federal/community collaboration. 

Hedetniemi served as president of the Braddock District Council for two years. She was has been president of the Oak Hill Citizens Association in Annandale since 1997, and helped save the Oak Hill manor house, built in 1790, from being torn down by developers.

Hedetniemi will be honored at the federation’s Citizen of the Year banquet April 27 at the Tysons Corner Crowne Plaza Hotel. If you would like to attend, you can sign up online.

At the banquet, the Fairfax Federation will recognize as 2013 Citation of Merit honorees Tena Bluhm, chair of the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, and author/naturalist Kathy Kaplan. 

Kaplan was awarded the Reston Citizens Association 2013 Citizen of the Year award for her work on behalf of the county’s library system.  She currently serves as the chair of the Fairfax Federation’s Library Committee and helped defeat a proposal to restructure the library system that would have reduced staff, eliminated educational requirements for employees, and eliminated youth services at libraries.

Bluhm has worked tirelessly on behalf of older adults and helped plan two major seminars presented by Fairfax County on universal design and the village concept, which enable seniors stay in their homes. She is president of the George Mason Forest Homeowners Association and serves on the Braddock District Council.

The Federation will also recognize the dedicated and distinguished careers of retiring lawmakers Del. Jim Scott (53rd District), Rep. Frank Wolf (10th District), and Rep. Jim Moran (8th District) for their service to Fairfax County residents.  

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