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Unsung Hero: Rick Gagnon tirelessly serves his family and community

Seattle’s Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington. 

Every day this month we’ll present an Unsung Hero.

 Nominations are accepted from around the state and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.

Rick Gagnon

Rick and his wife, Chris, are really amazing and wonderful parents, grandparents and community members.

I met Rick when my family moved in next to him. At the time we moved in, his elderly mother was living with him. I watched him care for his mother with patience, kindness and compassion. In addition, shortly thereafter, he has supported his children and grandchildren living with them for periods of time when there were housing or other transitions for their families.

Rick has children and grandchildren living in Olympia and on the East Coast. He is always putting family first and ensuring that they have the best opportunity to thrive, even when challenges occur. Additionally, he has helped my family with emergency care for my children and taking us for food and shelter when major storms occurred. It is a gift to have Rick as a neighbor and watch him ensure our neighborhood and his family are connected socially and have concrete support in times of need, Rick served the country as a serviceman and federal employee and now serves his family and community, truly an unsung hero.

Nominator:  Laura Alfani

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