Unsung Heroes

  August 2016

Junga Subedar and the Whatcom Civil Rights Project

Junga Subedar volunteers as program director of the Whatcom Civil Rights Project and dedicates her time and energy to community service and social justice. She moved to Bellingham in 2001 and lives with her partner, Edward, and wolf pack of … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Bill Distler, Vietnam Vet and Peace Activist

Bill Distler, 69, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Bellingham in 1980. He is married and has a 16-year-old daughter. He volunteers with the Alternatives to Military Service Program and has been active here in the Veterans … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Julianna Fischer: Student Activist

by Kathryn Fentress Julianna Fischer is a 22-year-old senior at Western Washington University who is graduating with a degree in Environmental Policy and minors in Energy Policy and Economics. She is being honored with the Community Service Award for her … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Juanita Jefferson: Lummi Elder and Activist

Juanita Jefferson is a retired 80-year­old Lummi Tribal Elder who has been an activist most of her adult life, working unceasingly for the well-being of her community. She has raised four sons and has 53 grandchildren. She has been guest … Continue reading

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  April 2016

Lorena Havens: Writer, Teacher, Activist

  by Kathryn Fentress Lorena was recommended for this column as one of three women who had the original vision for the Whatcom Watch. She is an activist, a journalist, a meditation teacher, and writer. She and Carl Franz co-authored … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Bill Sterling and the Center for Self Reliance

Bill Sterling, 63, was born in Bellingham and has lived here his whole life. He attended Sehome High School and Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. He has three adult sons and five grandchildren. He has been working in the … Continue reading

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  February 2016

Mathilda (Mattie) Wheeler and the Bellingham Threshold Singers

Mattie Wheeler and her husband Andy located here 24 years ago to raise a family. She is currently finishing her thesis novel for a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. She loves creating art … Continue reading

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  January 2016

Kurt Prassé and Bellingham Repair Café

Kurt Prassé, a native of Austria, has lived on four continents and moved to Bellingham this year. He has a three-year-old son who lives with him half time and he is in the process of rebuilding a house in the … Continue reading

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  December 2015

Mary Trask Sends Bicycles to Africa

Mary Trask was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Washington 20 years ago. This summer, she and her family relocated to Bellingham. She recently organized a local drive to send bikes to Africa. Kathryn: Have you done … Continue reading

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  October-November 2015

Patrick Martin, Dedicated Bike Commuter

Patrick Martin, 49, moved here from the east coast in 1990. He works at A-1 Builders as a project manager. His 20 year old daughter attends Evergreen College. He was responsible for the design and construction of the newly built … Continue reading

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