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The Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce has selected an accomplished group of honorees this year as part of its annual awards.

Art McCallum, co-owner of the Sixth Avenue Commercial Center, is the Business Person of the Year, while Rene’ Carroll has been chosen as the Citizen of the Year.

McCallum is a successful business owner, but his commitment to the community goes deeper than that. Through his work with the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program, he helps men and women who have served in the military as they make an effort to find jobs back home. McCallum has also served as a mentor to a number of aspiring entrepreneurs who have or are in the process of establishing their own business ventures.

Carroll’s list of accolades and accomplishments is long, and has accumulated during a number of years. This Camas High School graduate and longtime Washougal resident embodies the idea of “giving back.”

From education to recreation to history, Carroll has had her hands in a number of issues, endeavors and causes. More than a decade ago, she helped to start the annual Student Stride for Education, which is currently the Washougal Schools Foundation’s largest fundraiser. In addition, she has served as a volunteer at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, and worked on a $57 million school bond campaign, which was ultimately approved by voters in February.

In addition to Carroll and McCallum, the June 3 banquet at Camas Meadows Golf Club will highlight the Outstanding Educator Teams of the Year from the Camas and Washougal school districts.

Details about the incredible people who have garnered these awards can be found in the pages of this edition of the Post-Record.