ICHS has named Kip Tokuda as the recipient of the 2014 Bamboo Award for Health. The former state legislator, who passed away in July 2013, was a prominent leader in Seattle’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) community and is credited for mentoring several generations of civic and political leaders, including ICHS Foundation Director Ron Chew. Tokuda was also a long-time supporter and former board member of ICHS, and spent his career advocating for children and under-represented communities.
“Some leaders are respected and some are liked. He was both. You listened to what he had to say because he listened to you,” said Ron in an interview with the Seattle Times.
“Kip’s left behind an enduring legacy,” adds ICHS Foundation Board President Charles Wu. “His life’s work lives on through the leaders who are guiding the future of ICHS and other API agencies in this community. We are proud to honor Kip with this year’s Bamboo Award for Health.”
The 2014 Bamboo Award for Health will be presented to Kip Tokuda’s family at the ICHS Bloom Gala on Saturday, May 3rd at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront hotel.