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Volunteer Opportunities Still Available

2009 Buddy Walk

The 7th Annual Buddy Walk is coming up on October 2nd, and we need your help!

The Arc's Down syndrome Outreach is a self-directed volunteer program, and the Buddy Walk is their largest event of the year. We're looking for additional volunteers to help prepare for the event, both in the next several weeks and on the day of the Walk. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Makenna Padgett by calling (360) 715-0170 x205 or by emailing

Featuring food, games, music and more, the Buddy Walk has been promoting acceptance and awareness of people with Down syndrome since 1995. Buddy Walks are held across the country, from Bellingham to Washington, DC. This year's walk begins at the Fairhaven Village Green and winds through downtown Fairhaven. Events including music and a silent auction begin at 11 am and continue until 2 pm.

Snacks will be provided to all walkers, but everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the sunshine with us!
Not a Cloud in Sight for This Weekend

The National Weather Service is predicting clear skies and a high of 68 degrees for this weekend. Don't forget your sunscreen!
Live Music Performed By Musicians of All Abilities

Out of the Ashes

The Arc is thrilled to welcome Out of the Ashes to the 2010 Buddy Walk! The band takes the stage at noon, and will provide live music throughout the Walk. Audience members are encouraged to join the band onstage, singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument.

Founded by Jon Dalgarn over ten years ago, Out of the Ashes is an interactive music therapy program that works to provide a positive and profound experience for all people. Mr. Dalgarn began the project in Arlington, and recently started a new group here in Bellingham.
Getting to Know the Speakers

MC Ryan DodgeKeynote Speaker Ryan Dodge
Ryan Dodge is a sophomore at the University of Washington, where he plans to study medicine. As a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi, Mr. Dodge participated in the 2010 Journey of Hope, a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities. He is an energetic lifelong volunteer with a heart of gold and the determination of steel. Mr. Dodge is the son of Executive Director Corinne Clarke.

County Executive Pete KremenCounty Executive Pete Kremen
Pete Kremen has served Whatcom County for over 30 years. After working as a broadcast journalist for 14 years, including at local radio station KGMI, Mr. Kremen was elected to six consecutive terms as the Representative of the 42nd Legislative District. Since 1996, Mr. Kremen has served as County Executive, and continues to lead Whatcom County to improve the vitality of our community and the health of our families.

Mayor Dan PikeMayor Dan Pike
Dan Pike has lived in Whatcom County for over 25 years. After graduating from Western Washington University, Mr. Pike attended Harvard's School of Government. Prior to taking office, he helped establish the Whatcom-Skagit Intercounty Connector bus link, and served on several Bellingham School District citizen advisory committees. Since entering office, Mr. Pike has been committed to fostering open, collaborative government.
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Katie Edson
Vice President
Hilde Schaaf
Vice President
Maureen Monroe
Patty Reimers
Melissa Bartell
Joyce Pedlow
Jennifer Schouten
Dale Whipple

To reach any Director:
(360) 715-0170


Corinne F. Clarke
Executive Director
Beverly Porter
Parent Coalition Coordinator
Andrew Cole
Office Administrator
Amy McKinley
Public Outreach & Fund Development
Jan Carlson
Makenna Padgett

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Terri Hansen
Inclusion Advocate
Sonja Hellinga
Administrative Support
Justin Vanderwoude

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Facilities Maintenance
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Facilities Maintenance

To reach any staff member:
(360) 715-0170