Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July Holiday. It is a huge blessing to be back at home in Spokane and have the opportunity to take some time to be with my family.
On June 30th, we lost a hero, a friend of the community, and a family man in firefighter John Knighten. John's funeral service was incredibly moving; it not only showcased the enormous love and support that this community had for him, but also the deep love that John had for his family.
It was a reminder to everyone in attendance that our families take precedence above all else. John left behind a wife and three little girls, who are, undoubtedly, proud of their beloved father, who served his community honorably.
On July 3rd I spoke at a memorial service for my good friend Mike Rawles. Mike was both an activist and community leader, who also happened to be homeless and living on the street. I had the pleasure of knowing Mike for seven years, and in that time, he brought to my attention what the homeless community faces every day.
I will remember Mike as a passionate and caring individual who was able to engage multiple communities, build collaboration and to work together to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. He was a great man and will be dearly missed.
Quick correction from a previous newsletter:
The word “adjunct” was inadvertently left off when the June 26th newsletter in reference to my teaching position. To clarify, I am an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University and I teach four classes: Economics, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Adaptive & Servant leadership.
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