Valley volunteers recognized for their impressive efforts

Last Wednesday, the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (SVCN) held its 10th annual Rise and Shine Breakfast at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center in North Bend to honor Valley volunteers.

"We really work to understand the underlying issues," said Kristy Sullivan, director of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network and member of the Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 410 Board of Directors.

"The breakfast is a way to come together and recognize these volunteers who have given so much throughout the years," shhe said.

The SVCN is a part of the Family Policy Council (FPC), a state organization that overseas multiple networks across the state.

"Each community defines their own network," explained Sullivan.

"The networks are charged with looking at solving problems in the community," she said. "[SVCN] looks at what conditions within the community can be contributing to problem behaviors and what kinds of strategies we think will work to solve those problems."

SVCN receives its funding through the FPC, which is a part of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

SVCN includes both the Upper Valley and Lower Valley and focuses primarily on drug and suicide prevention, as well as family education.

The community identifies the problems through surveys and SVCN re-evaluates those concerns every two years, Sullivan noted.

Honored volunteers were first nominated in the month of May. SVCN then evaluated the nominations and selected people that fit with what the organization was looking for: volunteers who impacted the community on a large scale, Sullivan said.

Award recipients from the Upper Valley included Barb Lewis, Cindy Sattler and Julie Meador of Fall City for their multiple years of work in the Fall City Days Fun Run; and Carolyn Day for her involvement as a member of the Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation board, as well as for her involvement at Opstad Elementary School, in district committees, in Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) groups and other youth-oriented efforts.

Additional honors were given to Upper Valley residents Char Yotz for her work as Chief Kanim Middle School PTSA president; Carol Whitaker for her advocacy of the Greenway Trust and for her efforts in forming the Snoqualmie branch of the Mountaineers; and Dave and Betty Olson for their weekly foodbank donations and their efforts to build a bench and a kiosk on the South Fork in memory of Valley adventurers who have died outdoors. Dave's work on the board of the House of Hope and Meadowbrook Farm and his recent work clearing trails at Mount Si was also recognized.

In attendance were Rep. Larry Springer of the 45th Legislative District, Rep. Jay Rodne of the 5th Legislative District, school board members, representatives from various environmental- and social-service organizations and other community members. Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 410 Superintendent Joel Aune was the guest speaker.

The breakfast also honored volunteers from the Lower Valley including Danny Edwards on behalf of the Duvall Rotary Club, Pam Deming, Sharon Wilke, Gene Sanders, Mitchell Breinholt, Jan Blumberg, Millie Phillips, Morgan Wilhelm, Pam Werner and Kim Lisk. Sharon Gauthier received the Professional Achievement Award for her work in the Riverview School District.

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