Community leader Jim Jorgensen honored with lifetime achievement award

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Community leader Jim Jorgensen was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award to honor his contributions to Blaine and Whatcom County.

At the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual awards dinner on December 5, Jorgensen received a lifetime achievement award sponsored by Salish Wealth Management. The award recognized Jorgensen’s career as an educator, business owner and port commissioner.

Jorgensen began his career as a teacher with the Blaine school district. He later ran a charter and marine sales business out of Blaine Harbor. He helped establish the Wings Over Water birding festival, and was instrumental in the creation of Blaine Marine Park, which saw a 10-acre dump site transformed into a thriving community space.

Recently, the Port of Bellingham honored Jorgensen by naming the pier at the end of Marine Drive after him.

Jorgensen was joined at the ceremony by his wife of 56 years, Patricia, as well as their son Chris.

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