The YWCA Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame will honor four new inductees this year.
Inductees will be celebrated during the organization’s 16th anniversary dinner, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, in Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave., in Bellingham.
The inductees are:
– Deborra Garrett, a Whatcom County Superior Court judge. As an attorney, Garrett focused on employment and housing rights for low-income people and offered pro bono service to nonprofits.
– Julianna Guy, who led efforts to create a park and branch library in Bellingham’s Cordata Neighborhood. Guy is now helping create a park in the city’s King Mountain area.
– Ramona Elizabeth Phare Morris, a Lummi Nation leader. Morris has been a long-time advocate for the rights of Native Americans in Whatcom County, throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the nation.
– Ann Marie Read, who has spent the past 25 years working as a parenting educator at Bellingham Technical College.
The Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame has honored 56 contemporary Whatcom County women since the organization’s founding in 1999, along with 12 women from the county’s early days. To be selected, honorees must have made a lasting impact, served as role models for women and girls, demonstrated perseverance and vision, and overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.
Reservations for the anniversary dinner cost $30, and can be made online.