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Unsung Hero: Sherry Mashburn



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 23


Sherry Mashburn – Sunnyside


Sherry Mashburn has been a Parent Resource Coordinator with PAVE (Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment) for over 20 years, serving Central Washington. Sherry is also a foster mother and mother of an adult son with developmental disabilities who tragically passed away in 2017.

Sherry has fostered and advocated for children, youth and families for years and does it with resilience, strong social connections and empathy. Sherry is well known to school districts in Central Washington and has been an important leader in the PAVE organization.

I am fortunate to know Sherry and to have her as a mentor. I know she will be greatly missed when she finally decides to retire, though I think she never will. Sherry has an unmatched outreach to underserved families, especially those who speak Spanish as a first language and who migrate through Central Washington.

Sherry would never call attention to herself for the work she does. I am hoping DEL and Seattle’s Child will honor her lifetime of work which honors her son who passed away and the countless foster children she has raised.


Nominator:  Jen Cole


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