White Swan woman honored for work to improve traffic safety

WASHINGTON TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION NEWS RELEASE -- On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) honored Nancy Fiander of the White Swan Arts and Recreation Coalition for outstanding contributions to traffic safety. The ceremony took place at the Lacey Community Center in Lacey, WA.

For more than 25 years, the WTSC has recognized outstanding citizens who go beyond their job duties and make necessary contributions, changes, and improvements that affect everyone's safety on our roads.

Nancy Fiander established the White Swan Arts and Recreation Coalition with the belief that her community could positively influence Yakima Nation Tribal members and reduce the number of people dying in traffic collisions on their roads. Mrs. Fiander provides funding through the Coalition for additional officers from Washington State Patrol, the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, and the Yakima Nation Tribal Police to conduct traffic enforcement during annual events, such as the All-Indian Basketball Tournament held in March. The focus of these additional patrols is DUI enforcement and to provide a visible deterrent for Tribal members and visitors alike.

The WTSC honored many different winners in 2014. These include law enforcement personnel, engineers, citizen activists, traffic safety volunteers, and educators. Each of these various community leaders worked for one common goal - to find ways to reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths in Washington.

The WTSC conducts the biennial statewide awards program to honor the achievements of people working to make our state's roadways safer by implementing the 4 Es: Enforcement, Education, Engineering and Emergency Medical Services.

Nomination forms were distributed throughout the state and 25 nominations were judged by a multi-disciplinary team of traffic safety professionals, including individuals from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Department of Licensing, Yakima County District Court, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

At the ceremony, a video was shown with interviews and footage showcasing the outstanding work of each individual or group winner. This video is posted on the WTSC Vimeo channel and available for viewing at Winners received an engraved award and certificate, and a professional photographer took digital photos of the event. Photos from the event can be viewed at

The WTSC recognizes that it takes innovative, hard-working people all throughout the state to save lives and reduce injuries on the roads we travel every day. The WTSC is proud to honor these dedicated individuals and showcase their efforts and results. Nomination forms are available for your review upon request.