Volunteers of America Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center employees (from left) Galina Volchkova, housing program manager; James Rankin, fair housing counselor and trainer; and LaDessa Croucher, senior director of the dispute resolution program were honored with a ChangeMaker award for their work on landlord-tenant issues. (Contributed photo)

Volunteers of America Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center employees (from left) Galina Volchkova, housing program manager; James Rankin, fair housing counselor and trainer; and LaDessa Croucher, senior director of the dispute resolution program were honored with a ChangeMaker award for their work on landlord-tenant issues. (Contributed photo)

Locals honored as community ChangeMakers

This year’s Snohomish County ChangeMakers were honored at the annual “Edge of Amazing” Snohomish County Health Summit on Oct. 11 in Tulalip.

The Providence Institute for a Healthier Community awards program honors people who are leaders in improving the lives of others, helping create a more livable, healthier community through their passion for serving others.

Roslyn Sterling was awarded the Individual ChangeMaker Award. The assistant attorney general started a nonprofit, Totes for Kids, that gives backpacks with clean clothes, a toothbrush and other essentials to children entering the foster care system. (Sterling was profiled in The Herald Business Journal in April as a finalist for the Emerging Leaders award.)

The Arlington Community Resource Center was awarded the Community ChangeMaker Award for its work to connect local residents to social services and other resources. The center was formed in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide and is run by Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

The Volunteers of America Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center was selected for the Cornerstone ChangeMaker Award, given to an established organization working far above and beyond their mission. The group was highlighted for its renter training program in particular.

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