It was within my first year of living in Washington that a colleague told me about Deception Pass State Park. I still remember my reaction as I turned the corner and came upon the bridges. It took my breath away! Since then, I have spent the last five years exploring the park’s hiking trails, campgrounds, kayaking in its beautiful waters, and walking across the bridges marveling at the scenery. I have invited friends to join us and encouraged friends and colleagues to take a day and drive up to see this beautiful location with their families. Last year I moved to Oak Harbor, Washington from Shoreline, Washington because I want to be involved in a community that has similar interest as I do and to be close to Deception Pass State Park.
Having this opportunity to become the Volunteer Coordinator for the Deception Pass Park Foundation is a dream come true. I believe in the importance of volunteering and giving back to a community that has accepted me with open arms; therefore, enabling me to help in areas that will allow generations of families to come together in the future and enjoy this place that breaths life, it is a dream come true. This beautiful place has been my sanctuary over these past five years, and I hope others feel the same.
I have spent 15 years working in the Post-Secondary education field; mainly in operations and database management. My career has given me the skills and knowledge to be able to work with Wayne Huseby putting together the Volgistics database. The importance of the database will not only provide the Deception Pass Park Foundation a way of streamlining processes, gathering and reporting volunteer data, it also allows volunteers to choose opportunities that match their skills and interest, and record their hours in real time. This will in turn help the foundation in determining park needs for volunteers and procure funding.