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Art of Community NCW podcast


EXPLORING THE POWER OF COLLABORATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Aug 25, 2017

My guest this week is Dorry Foster, the executive director of the Wenatchee YMCA. Foster, who held a similar position for the YMCA in Albany, New York, brings to the job a lot of energy, passion and a strong commitment to children.

The YMCA plays a critical role in creating access for kids to participate in programs who can’t afford it. No child is turned away because they lack the ability to pay.

Foster took over a healthy YMCA program built by former director Eric Nelson and is looking to take it to the next level. Look for her to build more collaborative efforts in our community to better serve kids and adults.

Foster and I talked about her background, the decision to take the job at the Wenatchee YMCA, and the strengths she sees in our community and in the YMCA. North Central Washington supports the YMCA here in a way that is enviable, Foster told me.

She's working to build on the strong foundation that her predecessor, Eric Nelson, built. She's a leader who believes in the power of partnerships and collaboration, which supports the Our Valley Our Future grass-roots community-building effort in the greater Wenatchee Valley.