Panel to share stories of historical resilience

A panel of five local leaders and historians will share stories of historical resilience in Clallam County at the monthly Leadership Committee Meeting of the Clallam Resilience Project, set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

All are welcome to attend; to join the meeting, email to reslienceoutreach@unitedwayclallam.org.

The panel will include: Cynthia A. Savini of the Makah, Jamestown S’Klallam and Quileute tribes; Miss Ann Penn-Charles, Quileute Human Service Prevention Specialist; Gayla Johnson, Lower Elwha Klallam tribal member; Judy Reandeau Stipe, Executive Director of Sequim Museum and Arts, and Don Zanon, retired Peninsula Mental Health Chief Executive Officer and a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross.

Moderated by Christy Smith, CEO of United Way of the United Way of Clallam County, the panel will offer stories of resilience during the smallpox epidemic in the Makah community, the swoop era of boarding schools and the struggle for fishing rights in the Quileute Nation, the resilience of the Elwha River and its impact on area tribal nations, the polio epidemic in Sequim and economic and social changes in Port Angeles since the 1980s.

The Clallam Resilience Project’s monthly Leadership Committee Meetings are open to the public and are held the first Tuesday of the month, from 10-11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Each month features a local rotating presenter or panel presenting on resilient practices in Clallam County.

United Way of Clallam County hosts Clallam Resilience Project, a countywide consortium of agencies collaboratively building resiliency in Clallam County. The impetus for the Clallam Resilience Project began more than a year ago when First Step Family Support Center and the Olympic Educational Service District 114 hosted a community café training for local agencies and community members asked for support in mobilizing a community response to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

“The work of the Clallam Resilience Project supports the mission of United Way to help all residents of Clallam County live safe, healthy and productive lives,” Smith said. “We are excited to be supporting this project and look forward to strengthening our collaborations with local partners.”

For more information on United Way of Clallam County, call 360-457-3011 or email to info@unitedwayclallam.org.

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