Congratulations Aline Bloch, on being named Issaquah Highlands 2019 Volunteer of the Year! This recognition is
well-deserved and earned over multiple years of dedication to our community.
Highlands Council tapped into Aline’s passion for sustainable décor three years ago and she has become the Highlands Day Décor Designer. Aline approached us in early 2019 about sharing her journey to living a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle for her family with all of you. From this discussion grew a new Connections article series (see September’s article) and programming series that began in April, just in time for Earth Day. This summer Aline has facilitated terrarium-building, paper-making, and DIY skin and home care product seminars at Blakely Hall, all while putting her design skills to work for our GAME ON! Highlands Day Festival. Aline is a perfect example of how serving in a way that serves a purpose in an area that brings you joy is the key to personal fulfillment when volunteering.
We hope Aline’s example and the information that follows in this feature inspires YOU to get involved in our community; your participation is very welcome! Lindsey, Nina and I LOVE meeting with neighbors who have new ideas for the community or who just want to feel more connected. Contact us, let’s meet for coffee and discuss what could be. And check out our new web page of current volunteer opportunities >
When you see Aline around the community be sure to say, “félicitations et bien fait;” which is French for congratulations and well done!
– Christy Garrard, Executive Director, Highlands Council and Dahlia Park resident
"She is always willing to lend not only a helping hand, but also her vision and artistic prowess. She accomplishes all this while gently reminding us to consider our impact on our even bigger community—planet earth!"Carrie Mount
"Aline approaches everything with an energy and joy that is infectious. Aline has given so much of her time to her community, I’m so glad she is being celebrated this year. Merci, Aline! On t’aime!"Teresa Cowan
She is truly an advocate for all our community and an amazing role model for us as neighbors."Katrin Benders
"As her neighbor, I can see her working late into the evenings creating magical backdrops to bring our community celebrations to life. She is so generous in everything she does - always thinking of others. I'm inspired to be a better person and community member just by knowing her."Jessica Burles
"I especially appreciate how she shares her beautiful culture with our community, her love for art and for taking care of our environment."Alicia Spinner, 2018 Volunteer of the Year