Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame

1999-2012 Honor Roll

At the 2012 YWCA Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame dinner:
Left to Right:Teresa Loe (great niece of Legacy Awardee the late Olga Hawkins), Dorothy Dale,  Bertha Reta and Loree Larson (daughter of honoree the late Silversong Belcourt).

Continuing the Legacy of Leadership

Between its founding in 1999 and it’s 14th celebration in 2012, the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame honored 53 contemporary women for outstanding community contributions in a wide variety of fields.


Miriam Barnett Director, Allied Arts

Anne Brown Founder, Whatcom Center for Early Learning

Juanita Jefferson Native American social services


Bess Christman Church and community volunteer

Lynda Goodrich Athletic Director, Western Washington University

The late Violet Hillaire Lummi Aquaculture Project

Shirley Osterhaus Co-founder, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force


Barbara Jiminez Founder, Mother Baby Center

Sherry Jubilo Co-founder, Womencare Shelter and Food Co-op

Noriko Lao Local and international volunteer

The late Catharine “Kitty” Stimpson Civic leader and leadership mentor


The late Jo Ann Choat Co-founder, Bellingham Food Bank

Fran James Nationally recognized Native American artist

Ellen Kester Co-founder/director, Sudden Valley Barn Theater

Barbara Osen Director, Tri-county Arthritis Foundation


The late Bonnie Bergan Advocate for the developmentally disabled

Anne Hildebrand Co-founder, Mt. Baker Youth Symphony

Claire VanderGriend (“vg”) Thomas (deceased 2008) Lynden’s “Mother of Music” and theater


Lois Garlick Environmental activist/educator

Sue Sharpe Motivator of community collaboration

Josselyn Winslow Co-founder, Alzheimer’s Society


Pat Fabiano Promoter of healthy campus communities

Joanne Gardner Co-founder, Laurendeau (cancer care) Foundation

Wendy Scherrer Director, Northwest Salmon Enhancement Association

Marty Snyder Community Development Director, Opportunity Council


Noémi Ban Holocaust survivor and educator

Jody Guenser & Pam Sinnett Founders, The Samish School

Karen Morse President, Western Washington University

The late Catherine Tally Lummi Nation leader


Rosalinda Guillen Advocate for immigrants and farm workers

Chris Paul Founder, Whatcom County Youth Fair

Phyllis Self Campaigner for support of the arts

Peggy Zoro Leader in health and education


Flip Breskin Musician and community organizer

The Late Catherine May Promoter of senior citizen services locally and nationally

Amory Peck Nationally recognized “extraordinary library advocate”

Barbara Rofkar Chair, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

State Senator Harriet Spanel Environmental and legislative leader


Elsie Heinrick Environmental protection/women’s empowerment

Carol Jo (“Coco”) Lomas Disaster responder/Red Cross trainer

The late Kay Moquin Supporter of the arts and cancer patients

JoAnn Roe Hubbard Sister Cities/Assistance League co-founder

Orphalee Smith Nonprofit financial adviser


Rev. Dr. Linda Allen Singer/songwriter, Threshold Choir founder

Dr. Patricia McKeown Bellingham Technical College VP of Instruction

Kathie Wilson Pre-school educator, environmentalist


Alma Alexander Author of young adult fiction

Julee Johnson Whatcom Center for Early Learning

Carole MacDonald Mt. Baker Foothills civic leader


The Late Silversong Belcourt Honor Day Founder

Dorothy Dale Co-Founder Peace & Justice Center

Bertha Reta Ferndale businesswoman/immigrant mentor


Legacy Award

Since 2002, the YWCA NW Hall has honored 11 women from our region’s early history for exceptional, enduring achievement.


Frances Larrabee (1867-1941) Civic and cultural leader, philanthropist


Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Founders of St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1891


Ella Rhodes Higginson (1861-1940) State Poet Laureate, suffrage leader


Women of the Aftermath Club (1895-2003) Founders/nurturers of a major literary and civic organization


Helen Loggie (1895-1976) Internationally acclaimed artist of Northwest nature


Mabel Zoe Wilson (1878-1964) First WWU librarian/rural library expansion leader


Ida Agnes Baker (1856-1921) Suffragette and early environmentalist


Phoebe Judson (1821-1936) Lynden pioneer, writer, community leader


Catherine Montgomery (1867-1957) “Mother of the Pacific Crest Trail”


Frances Cleveland Axtell (1866 – 1953) First woman Washington Legislator (1912)


Olga Marie Hawkins (1885 – 1964) Lifelong Red Cross Volunteer