Running a business – especially a small business – is about more than profit and loss. It’s about contributing to the health of the community and being a good neighbor. That’s why I make giving back an integral part of my business practice.
My philosophy is to give generously and consistently to the community I serve and to which I owe so much of my success – in business and in life.
I have proudly supported the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition for many years. WMBC provides trail access in Whatcom County through stewardship, education, and advocacy.
Every year the WMBC coordinates hundreds of volunteers amounting to thousands of volunteer hours for the trails in Whatcom County. My family and I enjoy our time volunteering at many of these events. Roll up your sleeves and consider coming out!
The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring sustainable wild salmon runs in Whatcom County, Washington.
Our family can be found on many Fall and Spring weekends volunteering at NSEA work parties removing overgrowth, laying mulch and planting trees to repair vital salmon habit throughout Whatcom County.
I also enjoy helping Lowell Elementary with "Salmon in the Classroom", a program that helps students form personal connections with salmon and their local watershed. Lowell Students engage in hands-on learning about salmon biology and anatomy, water quality, and habitat requirements. After learning about and raising their own school of Coho salmon, students release their fish into Padden Creek.
Starting in early 2020 I started serving on the board of the Community Boating Center here in Bellingham. The CBC's mission statement says "To foster small-watercraft education, access, safe recreation, and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay."
I started kayaking and sailing while in college here in Bellingham and water access for all has always been a passion of mine. Giving back to the CBC by serving on both the board and the advancement committee allows me to combine volunteering and helping others have affordable and safe access to Bellingham Bay.