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Volunteer Voices

London Gambill
Tigard Youth Advisory Council

Volunteer Voices: London GambillHow long have you lived in Tigard? 
14 years.

What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?
Symposium Coffee.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is….
To be vegan!

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because….
I enjoy meeting youth from all the Tigard schools and I want to make a difference in the city.

My most memorable experience is…. 
Helping out with Safety Town since 2017.

What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers? 
Where is your favorite place to volunteer?

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Tom Petterson
Public Works – Engineering

Volunteer Voices: Tom PettersonHow long have you lived in Tigard?
45 years

What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?
Broadway Rose Theater

My New Year’s resolution for 2019...
The usual... get more exercise, lose weight, and be helpful.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because...
It helps me to use the skills I developed at ODOT before retiring after 30 years. I also enjoy working with the employees in Engineering and feel that I am providing a benefit to the City of Tigard.

My most memorable experience volunteering is...
The interaction with citizens when they inquire what I am doing putting a black box on a power pole.

What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers?
How can the city get more volunteers that can provide valuable skills.

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Marquesa Calderon

Tigard Youth Advisory Council

Volunteer Voices: Marquesa CalderonHow long have you lived in Tigard? 
All 16 years of my life!

What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?
I have so many memories at the Tigard Library! When I was younger I got donut holes with my brother and dad every time we went. Now, I really like the Regal Theater at Bridgeport.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is….
To be bold!

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because….
I love giving back to my community!

My most memorable experience is…. 
Picnic in the Park. I was fortunate enough to share a meal with some of our homeless population and it was completely eye-opening for me.

What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers? 
How have you been challenged by volunteering?

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Cathy Olson
Committee for Community Engagement

Volunteer Voices: Cathy Olson
How long have you lived in Tigard?
I have lived in Tigard for 12 years.

What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?
Summerlake Park is my favorite place. It's perfect for walking the dog and looking for kingfishers, great blue herons, and other wildlife.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is….
To continue to stay involved in what is going on in our city and to be an active participant in issues being addressed throughout the year.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because….
I care about our community and know that citizen input is necessary to ensure that decisions are being made that align with our interests.

My most memorable experience is….
The friendships that I have made while volunteering on various committees.

What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers?
How we can continue to reach out to the community and those who are not involved to encourage them to be active participants?

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Volunteer Voices: Veal FamilyStephanie Veal
Audit Committee and Budget Committee

Stephanie has lived in Tigard for 19 years. She attended Durham Elementary, Twality Middle School, and Tualatin High School. She asks that you don’t hold that last one against her.

“I volunteer with the city because I don’t feel like I have a right to complain unless I make a concerted effort to change what I see. Not that I am complaining, but you get my point. I can’t expect a change without being a part of making it happen.”

  • My favorite spot in Tigard: Cook Park because I love running and biking on the trails. I also love Tigard High’s football field and track. With kids in sports that is where I spend a majority of my time!
  • My New Year’s resolutions? Consume less and garden more and spend more time outside on my feet than inside on the couch.
  • My most memorable volunteer experience: Two years ago when I was listening to applications for special service grants. It was a solid eight hours of citizens with passion about helping less fortunate or otherwise afflicted community members. That was a long day, but I left with renewed hope for a better community.
  • What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers? How can we get more citizens involved? I love a city where we are working together for the common goal of a safe, clean, robust city. I would love to see more and more people coming out and getting involved.

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Katie Harris
Library Board

Volunteer Voices: Katie HarrisHow long have you lived in Tigard?
I have lived in Tigard for almost 9 years, although I grew up in Tualatin.

What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?
The Tigard Public Library of course! It is a place of endless entertainment and joy for my family.  We also love to eat at Maki's on Main Street.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is….
Eat mindfully and move my body. I had my second child in October and I'm heading back to work soon, which makes it more difficult. I know I have this one body for the rest of my life, so I need to take care of it. That and find time to read books that aren't children's books!

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because….
I love the city and want to help make it a great community for all its citizens. Volunteers help make the city a livable community that is welcoming and vibrant.

My most memorable experience volunteering is….
testifying in front of the Budget Committee regarding the distinct value that the library provides to the community.

What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers?
What ideas do you have to make it easier for others to contribute to the community in large and small ways?

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Timothy Cadman
Budget Committee & Audit CommitteeTigard Volunteer: Timothy Cadman

  • How long have you lived in Tigard?  After 15 years in Corvallis, I relocated with my family to Tigard in 2015. 
  • What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?  My favorite spot is the Fanno Creek Trail system.  You can find my children and me riding bikes there all year long.
  • My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is…. to better balance family and volunteer time with my career commitments.
  • I volunteer with the City of Tigard because…. I want to have a positive impact on the community, and this is a small investment of my time that indirectly impacts thousands of neighbors.
  • My most memorable experience volunteering is…. watching teenagers testify to the budget committee in favor of city services that have a profound impact on them. Public speaking in such a forum can be intimidating for older adults, and it warms my heart to see young adults display courage and maturity beyond their years to speak up for something that is important to them.
  • What’s one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers?  Why do you choose to live in Tigard and support this community?  Share your positive experiences to help others realize what a privilege it is be here.  
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