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Congratulations unsung hero: Doug Barker

Seattle’s Child recognizes the wonderful, everyday heroes nominated for the Washington Unsung Hero Awards this month.


February is Parent Recognition Month. Strengthening Families Washington, of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State, believes there is no better way to recognize a parent, grandparent, foster or adoptive parent than by acknowledging the numerous and impressive things they do to strengthen their family and those around them in their community.

Seattle’s Child is proud to sponsor the Washington Unsung Hero Awards, recognizing our everyday heroes and honoring the important role caregivers play in children’s lives. There are 28 nominees for the 28 days of February, and Seattle’s Child will highlight each and every one.


Congratulations to the Unsung Hero for February 8

Doug Barker – Federal Way

Mr. Doug Barker is a very involved dad at all levels. Not only in the lives and education of his own children, but he is also involved at the Federal Way Public School level where he is making a difference for children through the Family and Community Partnership Office, which helps to promote success in all children. Even though one of his own children was living with a health condition, he found creative ways to help his child and also continued advocating for other parents. He believes in partnership between school and home and is involved in decision making at his children’s school and district.

Nominator: Elizabeth Bagnell

Singing the Praises of Our Unsung Heroes

Read about all of the wonderful, everyday heroes who have won Washington Unsung Hero Awards: