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Difference Makers 2023

At the end of each year, The Spokesman-Review and its readers select area residents who have made a difference in the previous 12 months. These are people who have stepped up to help those in need, or brought attention and solutions to challenges facing the Inland Northwest.

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  • Your fire-fighting neighbors

    Elk, Medical Lake residents used water tanks to douse flames, save properties in devastating fires
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  • Jacob Ambach

    Putting lifesaving skills to good use
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  • Johnny Edmondson

    Growing community through gardening
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  • Becky Hammill

    A force behind peer counselors and Spokane's new mental health respite
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  • Cindy Akins

    Tireless volunteer is a fixture at Ness Elementary
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  • Vina Mikkelsen

    Keeping the story of Pearl Harbor alive
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  • ONE Spokane Stadium

    Providing home field for city's student-athletes, professional soccer
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  • Shawn Brigman

    Reviving Spokane tribal architecture
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  • Janelle Smith

    Owner of Wishing Tree Books works to bring literature to all communities
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  • April Anderson

    Unity in the Community co-chair continued organizing and leading through cancer fight
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