Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast
2014 Spirit of Snohomish County Award Winners pose with Dr. Dennis G. Smith (left), president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. (Back Row L-R): Laura Byers and Toraya Miller of Coastal Community Bank, Sarri Gillman, Paul Schubert with IAM District 751. Kim Tran and Kay Field are in front.
At United Way’s Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast each year, we continue our tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations who are truly helping to improve people’s lives in Snohomish County. Spirit of Snohomish County Awards are presented to those who actively work for the betterment of our community and inspire others to serve. Nominations are submitted in June and reviewed by teams of volunteers.
2014 Spirit of Snohomish County Award Winners
Reeves/Sievers Founders' Award – Sarri Gilman
J.A. Reeves and Roy Sievers were very active in the creation and growth of our United Way. The Reeves/Sievers Founders' Award is given to recognize a lifetime of community service and the spirit of philanthropy.
Sarri Gilman has provided outstanding nonprofit leadership in Snohomish County for the past twenty years. She founded Cocoon House in Everett and served as its executive director for ten years. Cocoon House has been Snohomish County's only resource exclusively serving homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-17, and has received national recognition as a best practice program for working with this population.
For the past seven years, Sarri has served as Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County (LSC), an organization that develops community leaders by providing education and opportunities for people and organizations. The program also helps participants acquire an understanding of the critical issues affecting the region and the leadership tools to resolve them. While at LSC, Sarri also maintained a private practice as a therapist. Now, as both her business and Leadership Snohomish County have grown, she has decided that it's time to retire from nonprofit t leadership and continue her therapy practice.
Spirit of Snohomish County Community Partner Award – Coastal Community Bank
The Community Partner Award recognizes an organization or corporation that exemplifies the most comprehensive, measurable commitment to building strong and caring communities.
For years, Coastal Community Bank's slogan was "community is our middle name!" This sentiment is still true, with Coastal's staff showing their deep commitment to Snohomish County every day. Coastal employees are known for their community involvement, with many volunteering on United Way's board of directors and committees year-round.
Being the only bank in Darrington, Coastal had personal relationships with many of the families that lost loved ones and homes during the SR 530 landslide and they were there to help the community rebuild. Amazingly, Coastal forgave the debts of families who lost property during the slide. This was an unparalleled decision for a financial institution, and one that made an enormous impact on the Arlington, Darrington and Oso communities.
Spirit of Snohomish County Labor Award – Paul Schubert
The Spirit of Labor Award is presented to a union member exemplifying outstanding leadership and community service through the partnership between United Way of Snohomish County and organized labor. The recipient demonstrates a commitment to our community through long-term, notable volunteer service.
Paul Schubert can't imagine a life without volunteering. It's how he grew up, it's how he gives back to his community and it's even how he met his life partner! A shop steward for IAM District 751, Paul is a constant presence at union service events. Over the years, he's participated in ramp building projects, served food at the Everett Gospel Mission, volunteered at Northwest Harvest, served at park clean ups, and assisted at the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. This year, he was instrumental in a union organized peanut butter drive benefitting Volunteers of America, and is a dedicated annual volunteer for Toys for Tots. Paul exemplifies the Spirit of Labor, and the labor community's strong dedication to Snohomish County.
Spirit of Snohomish County Adult Award – Kay Field
This award is given to an adult who improves others' lives in Snohomish County. It is presented to someone who works or volunteers in human services. He or she manifests United Way's mission to transform community to improve people's lives and to inspire that spirit in others.
For Kay Field, volunteering is part of her daily routine. In 2002, she created a free legal clinic for the YWCA's Pathways for Women site in Lynnwood. This critical, joint partnership between the YWCA and Snohomish County Legal Services helps provide women and families access to justice that they'd otherwise lack. She does this work entirely pro bono, and dedicates hours each week to the clinic. When clients approach Kay, they're immediately put at ease and treated with respect. Not only is Kay an expert in family law, but she has personally dealt with adoption and mental health issues—things that come up frequently with her clients. Her personal experience with these issues makes her relatable, effective and so appreciated. Outside of the YWCA, Kay has also dedicated countless hours to other causes in the legal community and Snohomish County.
Spirit of Snohomish County Youth Award – Kim Tran
This award is given to a youth who exemplifies leadership and volunteerism. He or she volunteers at a United Way-funded program, initiative or service and has made a significant, exemplary and noteworthy impact.
Eat. Sleep. Study. Volunteer. Regardless of how busy she is during the school year, Kim Tran always finds time to volunteer. In addition to hours of volunteer work through her high school, Kim is also a member of United Way of Snohomish County's Teen Leadership Council, and has been an integral part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Snohomish County for the past three years. Kim has also spearheaded several video projects for Youth United, increasing the reach and visibility of the program.
A recent graduate of Mariner High School, she plans to attend Seattle University in the fall, and will continue to make volunteering a part of her life.
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