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November’s Volunteer of the Month: Susie Sharp

By November 14, 2017Connections, Volunteer

As published in November 2017 Connections

Almost a year ago, I was sipping a coffee and reading the Issaquah Highlands Connections newspaper.

I had moved to the Issaquah Highlands with my daughters in June 2015. We chose the area because it was so appealing. My younger daughter especially loved the fact that she could stroll around and go to the cinema with friends without relying on my driving her. I liked the community vibe and the fact it felt so safe. I haven’t had the option to walk to a restaurant or the local grocery store since living in England!

I have arrived home late from work on numerous occasions and have always enjoyed the peaceful vibe of our townhome community. We nicknamed our home the Harry Potter house because its bay windows reminded us of England and the beloved Potter books.

The funny thing is that I have always liked doing volunteer work and writing but I have never combined the two – until moving to the Highlands. I reached out to Nina Milligan, Editor of Connections news to ask if the paper had any opportunities or projects they needed help with. We met up and had a terrific time discussing books galore! I walked out with a project and a new friend. My adventures as a writer in the Highlands were about to begin!

Researching and writing about our community continues to be so much fun. I love sharing stories about the people I meet and the places I discover. In fact, I have met a number of my neighbors now – we really do live in a multicultural community – and I love that! Meeting people from all walks of life is a gift I treasure.

One neighbor knocked on my door two nights ago to tell me that I had left my Mazda gas cap open. Thanks to him and his lovely young daughter, I was able to pop outside and close it before the car had any issues. I had an early start the next day and I am not sure I would have noticed otherwise. Talking of daughters, I have a redhead and a blonde but finding a quality photo that pleased them both proved more challenging than climbing the stairs in the Highlands. Thus, the photo of just me, after that chat with Nina at Blakely Hall.

Life is richer with family, friends and a supportive community. Thank you, Issaquah Highlands, for setting the bar so high. I can’t wait for the events and adventures to come. Is it your turn next to join the fun?

Interested in volunteering to write for Connections? Please contact Nina Milligan, Highlands Council Communications Manager and Editor of Connections.