Welcome Dana!

Published on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 by By JoAn Newby

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Well, hopefully spring is still on its way and soon the good folks at Blaine senior center will out playing bocce again in the nice warm sunshine. What a pleasant thought, snow disappearing, and green grass growing, and flowers bursting forth. Just what we like, I think.

Remember the pancake breakfast on March 21. Pancakes, waffles, and even biscuits and gravy will be available, along with coffee, and orange juice.

Another favorite is the big rummage sale which is scheduled for April 25. Here’s just the right chance to do some spring cleaning and also take home some different treasures.

The past month saw the sad departure of Barbara Fischer, who has found employment in Bellingham. She was responsible for adding even more decorative atmosphere to the center.

Her helpful, friendly and enthusiastic spirit has been very much appreciated. We wish her the very best in everything. She is now working at the Whatcom County courthouse in the elections department.
The center has been welcoming our new Blaine center coordinator, Dana Hanks. Dana grew up Tacoma and Vashon Island. She has mostly lived in Whatcom County since she attended Western Washington University. She has three sisters living in Whatcom County and her family has been in Washington state since her great grandparent’s time.
She is interested in the arts and graduated with a degree in recreation with an arts emphasis. She took a human services program as well.

Currently she lives in Bellingham with her husband, Dan, her son Ryan and two large dogs. Her hobbies are gardening, knitting, stained glass, traveling and getting outside with the dogs.

They have recently built a large Koi pond in their yard, so water gardening is a new interest. She also works on the Relay for Life, American Cancer Society fundraiser as a team captain.

Dana started working with the Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Department as a student intern at the Roeder Home. This beautiful historic home is a well-known cultural arts center in Bellingham. After working there part time for 11 years she then worked 19 years as the arts coordinator, manager of the facility and programs there.

The Roeder Home had art classes for folks of all ages, concerts, special events, rentals and an art gallery. She also worked throughout the county on various large projects and events, such as the Point Roberts Arts & Crafts Fair, the Highland Games, the Ferndale Balloon Festival, the Whatcom County in Bloom Competition, the Folkdance Festival and many more.

Dana is excited to be here in Blaine continuing her work for Whatcom County parks and is enjoying seeing so many both familiar and new faces. She believes the Blaine senior center is a wonderful place to work, with its great people and is looking forward to serving this wonderful community and all the wonderful people here.

The Blaine community and senior/activity center is also looking forward to working with Dana.