Blaine resident wins WASA leadership award
By Jack Kintner
Region 108 of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) recognized Blaine’s Kristi Galbraith earlier this month for her years of volunteering as a parent in various school projects.
The organization awarded her the 2007 Community Leadership Award at a banquet May 3.
The award is given annually and honors individuals and educators who have made “extraordinary contributions” to K-12 education in the state.
Blaine high school principal Dan Newell praised Galbraith’s dedication during her more than 10 years of service.
“Kristi has unselfishly devoted her time and energy to the Fine Arts Association, the math competitions, sports and booster club activities,” he said.
Galbraith and her husband Steve, both Blaine natives, have had one or more of their three kids in high school for the past 11 years.
Their youngest, Melissa, graduates June 14.
Galbraith said that the pay-off for her has been that she gets to work with not only her own kids, but all kids involved in a particular activity or event.
“You get to see something go from being an idea to the planning through to making something happen, like the band trip to Japan earlier this year,” she said, “and no matter what the project I find volunteering to be very much worth-while.”
The side benefits, she said, are that she knows her kids that much better as well as their friends and teachers.
She said she started gradually many years ago and then worked her way up to becoming involved in bigger and better things.
“The latest one is working with this year’s seniors and their parents on an alcohol and drug-free after graduation party,” she said. “That should be fun.”
WASA’s Region 108 covers Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.