Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Moving on to New Things
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.
ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?
Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.
Do you miss Lake City?
I do miss the community. I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.
ELC: What did you like best about the work?
I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”→
The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Sponsors Petition to Fund Aging Parks Facilities
LCNA is sponsoring this petition to FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES. The petition urges the Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District (all City Council Members) to consider LCNA’s request for a new, full-service, Parks-operated community center. This effort is being done concurrently with the Green Lake Community Center group who is also sponsoring a petition to have the Seattle Park District fund aging community centers and pools and to abandon use of privatization.
Seattle City Council Hearing attended by Lake City Youth Leaders
City Council chambers were packed yesterday, October 25, 2016 as people with important causes from all over the city poured in to give testimony on needs and how the City should spend our money. Among the crowd was an incredible showing by some of our Lake City Youth advocating for a new full service community center in our neighborhood. Sporting signs created by families and children from the North Seattle Family Resource Center the group waited their turn to speak to council on this crucial need.
You can view the youth testimony on this link from the Seattle Channel – Public Comment – The youth’s testimony comes in at about the 135.57 mark.
I was able to speak earlier in the evening and relayed Sandy and Tim Motzer’s great work on a budget summary regarding how a new center can be funded. Fellow LCNA board member Abdi Hussein also spoke to the need. Testimony was paired down to one minute because of the large crowd that had turned out and the amount of those that wished to speak on a wide range of important issues. Thanks to John Lombard, co-chair of the North District Council, who also spoke, in part, regarding the community center effort. The true stars of the evening were our Youth Leaders who, guided by Mark Mendez, are truly demonstrating their powerful voices for the benefit of us all.
On August 22nd it was standing room only as Lake City community members came out to support and watch the Seattle Parks and recreation’s STEP program’s short film “Vacation in Lake City”. In the movie the STEP program members take a “vacation” in Lake City only to find that there are few options for recreation and resources for teens within the community. The film is a combination of interviews, comedic moments and poignant commentary on their experience here in a neighborhood without a full service community center and a place for them to gather and socialize. The youth followed the presentation of the film by urging the community to advocate for a new community center and by fielding a handful of questions about the process of making the movie. Take a moment to enjoy the movie and feel inspired by the youth that are finding their voice here in our community.