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Volunteer Voices

Ann McElligott

Audit Committee

How has volunteering helped you in your day job?  I am retired. I wanted to still do something of value and volunteering for the Audit Committee has provided a means for me to use my knowledge and experience.

What are key issues your board or committee has discussed in the last six months?

  • Decided which consultant the city should hire for the performance audit 
  • Approved the adoption of performance measures.

What’s your favorite spot in Tigard?  Library

In five years, I hope Tigard is… very much like it is today.

Where do you get your news and info about Tigard? What would you like to learn more about? I read the local newspaper and my neighborhood communications.

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Dave Hanna
Chair - Committee for Community Engagement

Volunteer Voices: Dave Hanna

How long have you lived in Tigard?  I have lived in Tigard for 13 years.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because…. I've always wanted to be more integrated to my community. I really appreciate Tigard. I've started a family here and bought my first house here.  I feel a sense of connection and stewardship to the city. Additionally, my father volunteered as I was growing up. I saw that model and I suppose I want to model that for my children, too.

Mayor Snider and the City Council want to get out of city hall and into your neighborhood. What events do you think they should attend?
I live just up the hill from Cook Park. All summer long there are events taking place down in the park with a lot of foot traffic. I'm not sure that City Council needs a particular event to be front and center. I would suggest that they come to engage the citizens in that setting. Aside from summer, there are sporting events that take place throughout the fall that would be an option as well.

What is your favorite summertime place in Tigard? 
Speaking of Cook Park, I would have to say that is my favorite summertime location in Tigard. We do a lot of bike rides and my girls love riding the back trails, sometimes all the way to Tualatin. We have taken the raft out on the Tualatin River, played on all the playgrounds, picnicked, movies in the park, and had BBQ's. In the fall, I coach my daughter's soccer teams on those fields, and we certainly never miss the Balloon Festival!

What’s your ‘aha’ moment when you felt part of the Tigard community?
Might sound a little peculiar, but having grown up in Oregon City, I was always a Pioneer. Wasn't too long into my residence in Tigard that when attending a Tigard High School football game against Oregon City, I found myself pulling for the Tigers! I was a bit surprised, but, it felt right. I remember thinking in that moment that I was truly a Tigard citizen!

My most memorable volunteer experience is….  
My most memorable volunteer experience would have to be leading a small ad hoc group of my Committee for Community Engagement collogues in a strategic planning process for our full committee. We organized a number of collaborative engagements and were able to identify and prioritize some strategic direction that we would aim to accomplish as a dedicated group. It was fulfilling for me to be a part of that process, and I enjoyed the diversity of opinion and representation from the committee as a whole. We still use the products of that exercise in our discussions today.

What question should we have asked? What’s the answer?
If you can't volunteer your time, how can you still be involved?  Answer - There's no right or wrong way to be involved with your community.  So much of the discussion that we have in our committee setting revolves around how to get information to citizens.  So, a very powerful action on any citizen's part would be to simply seek the information that the city works so diligently to try and provide.  And, of course, be sure to vote!

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Ava Wittman 
Youth Advisory Council

Volunteer Voices: Ava WittmanHow long have you lived in Tigard? I have lived in Tigard for 11 years.

What’s your favorite place in Tigard? I enjoy hanging out at parks in Tigard. I also like to go shopping at Bridgeport Village.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard...Because it’s important to give back to the community. It also helps me learn more about my community.

My most memorable experience volunteering is…. When I was a juror on Peer Court and when I volunteered at Movies in the Park in 2018. I am excited that Movies in the Park is returning this year.

What’s one question you would ask other City of Tigard volunteers? How can the youth impact the community more? What are good ways to recruit new committee members?

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Lonnie Martinez
Transportation Advisory Committee

Volunteer Voices: Lonnie Martinez

How long have you lived in Tigard?  I have lived in Tigard for only 4 years.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because…. I want to be part of a solution rather than part of a problem. We often hear how upset people are and can be over situations or issues, but fail to participate with a solution based perspective. It is very easy to complain about things, it takes only a little time to participate, learn, understand and offer solutions.

Where is your favorite place in Tigard? Cook Park; Woodard Park; Fanno Creek trail as all are free to use and I see something different each time I visit.

What’s your ‘aha’ moment when you felt part of the Tigard community. When I learned how many different municipalities own and control our roadways. When I realized I could be on committees and it wasn't going to take up all of my free time.

My most memorable experience is…. Canoeing on the river from Cook Park.

How can we get more people interesting in volunteering? Ask "what is your solution?"

What’s one question you would ask other City of Tigard volunteers?  Has your volunteering given you the feeling your time, participation and input is valued and wanted?

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Nathan Jackson 
Planning Commission

Volunteer Voices: Nathan JacksonHow long have you lived in Tigard? Ten years.

What’s your favorite place in Tigard? Home. Despite whatever civic-mindedness, I remain an unapologetic homebody.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because...It's a duty to serve the common good -- we're all in it together!

What’s your ‘aha’ moment when you felt part of the Tigard community?
I'm still earning the privilege of calling myself part of the Tigard community.  As for the moment, several years ago, when I realized that Tigard was part of me: an acquaintance made an offhand comment unfavorably comparing Tigard to another city, and I became instinctively defensive. There's little use arguing with such feelings.

My most memorable experience is…. The first time I took a seat behind the dais table in City Hall with the rest of the Planning Commission. That was the moment I first sensed the full gravity of my (small) role in the process of local government. Those nerves never quite went away; nor should they.

How can we get more people interesting in volunteering? We must begin to dissolve the popular understanding of "government" as an us-vs-them arrangement by remembering that our society only works if we all take responsibility for our participation in and impact on it. Reminders of the range of shared efforts available are a positive step in that direction.

What one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers? How do you choose the roles in which you make the greatest positive impact serving your city?

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Tristan Irvin
Park and Recreation Board

Volunteer Voices: Tristan Irvin

How long have you lived in Tigard?  Since 2009

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because…. Not only do I want to have a voice, and be a voice of my community, I want to model civic involvement for my three kiddos.

Where is your favorite place in Tigard? Does my home count? I love Choza, Cold Milk, and Miss Meers at Bridgeport (tacos, an ice cream/donut sandwich, and shoes is the PERFECT meal); pub trivia at Three Mermaids, the Tigard Farmer’s Market (for Sinful Confections treats); and Cook Park! Was I only supposed to pick one?

What’s your ‘aha’ moment when you felt part of the Tigard community. I think when my kiddos got involved with Tigard Rec programs and kids’ sports.

My most memorable experience is….  Running for City Council, I ultimately didn’t win, but I gained invaluable information about my city, myself, and my desire to work towards building an inclusive community.

How can we get more people interesting in volunteering? The more programs we offer, the more opportunities to volunteer! I also think the more the city can show its inclusivity and accessibility, the more people will step up to get involved.

What’s one question you would ask other City of Tigard volunteers? How can we help? That’s it...how, and who, can we help?

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Lindsey Wise 
Transportation Advisory Committee

Volunteer Voices: Lindsey WiseHow long have you lived in Tigard?
Four years.

What’s your favorite place in Tigard?
Summerlake Park, especially in the winter when the merganzers and buffleheads are visiting.

I volunteer with the City of Tigard because...
I like giving back to my community and learning new things.

What’s your ‘aha’ moment when you felt part of the Tigard community? As soon as we moved into our house, sitting on the deck and hearing the birds and people playing in the park.

My most memorable experience is…. Talking about electric cars and cottage clusters at an open house at Tigard Library.

How can we get more people interesting in volunteering? Teach civics in schools and encourage service, provide students opportunities within their schools and their cities to participate in government and volunteering.

What one question would you ask other City of Tigard volunteers? How do you make space for volunteering in your busy lives, and how do we communicate to others that the benefits are worth it both personally and for our community?

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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