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Congratulations to Karla Klein, Leadership Skagit graduate

Skagit Regional Health (SRH) is excited to share that Karla Klein, Regional Director of Food Services, graduated from the Leadership Skagit program on June 6. 

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About Leadership Skagit

Leadership Skagit is an intensive nine-month leadership development program designed to inspire people to become leaders and prepare them for community leader roles.

The mission of Leadership Skagit is to strengthen and transform our communities by developing individual, business and community leadership that is informed, inclusive, and connected through shared learning experiences.

The curriculum includes leadership and communication skills assessments and the completion of a team project that addresses a need in the community.

Karla’s Project and Learnings

As part of the program, Karla and a few other participants formed The Resourcerers team. For their team project, they chose to support the Immigrant Resources and Immediate Support (IRIS) organization by aiding with their annual IRIS Mother’s Day Basket Drive. The goal of this project was to increase IRIS’ visibility in the community and to connect the IRIS families with resources, food, and a sense of community.

IRIS is a relatively new organization that was established in 2018. They primarily serve immigrant women and children who are survivors of violence. IRIS responds to the urgent and unmet needs of immigrants in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

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The Resourcerers collected and organized donated items to create and distribute Mother’s Day baskets, groceries and other goods to ISIS families. With this partnership, The Resourcerers were able to help assist 36 mothers and their families.  This surpassed last year’s outcome of 25 mothers and their families.

“I gained a deeper understanding of Skagit Valley and all it has to offer,” said Karla when speaking about her experience with Leadership Skagit. “I was also forced to take a deep look at my leadership skills; I learned where I excelled and where I still have room to grow.”

Congratulations to Karla on your accomplishments and thank you for investing in our communities! To learn more about the Leadership Skagit program, visit Skagit.org/Our-Services/LS