At work in the wild

Sequim Gazette

In celebration of 15 years empowering and inspiring local high school girls, people will be going gorillas at the April 25 Women In Networking event.


Or, going to learn about gorillas, anyway.


In keeping with the WIN program goal of providing opportunities for girls to explore non-traditional careers and education, Dr. Jode Garbe and journalist Penny LeGate will share their efforts to save the endangered gorilla population of Rwanda and Uganda.


The free event, open to high school girls and their families, in partnership with Soroptimist International of Sequim, starts at 7 p.m. at The Oak Table Cafe and includes a dessert buffet. If members of the public wish to attend they may RSVP to Mitzi Sanders at 582-3631 or


Mitzi Sanders, career/scholarship director at Sequim High School and WIN program director, said Garbe and LeGate seemed like good choices to inspire local girls to look outside the norm. Past speakers at WIN events include Gov. Christine Gregoire and former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar.


Garbe, a veterinarian and attorney, is executive director of Rwanda NOW. The nonprofit promotes sustainable development solutions and environmental consciousness through education, conservation experiences and green economic empowerment in Rwanda.


She has spent much of the past decade in Rwanda, working to establish a wildlife sanctuary and science center. On April 26, she also will present at a Readers Theatre Plus event, featured in today’s  Strait Scenes section.


LeGate, a Seattle broadcast journalist, was KING 5’s “Evening Magazine” co-host before working as a news anchor for KIRO 7. An Emmy award-winning journalist, she has reported from many developing nations including Bolivia, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Nepal, Uganda, Rwanda and Vietnam.


“They (girls in Sequim) don’t get to see things like that too often in our area,” Sanders said.


Girls involved in WIN also get the opportunity to visit colleges and participate in team-building programs.


“It’s a very unique program,” Sanders said of WIN. “There are no other high schools that have the opportunity for a program like this.”


For more information on WIN, go to


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