The Human Resources Department actively participated in Canoe Journey hosting and preparations in a number of areas:
For the past four years Stepping Stones program participants, under the leadership of Astrid Poste and tribal member adult mentors, worked on gifts for the Canoe Journey giveaway. More than 4,000 gifts were made by the 13 – 15 year-old youth of Squaxin Island Tribe over the past four years. The youth also made regalia during the summer sessions to wear during hosting. In 2011, Stepping Stones program participants worked with maintenance staff to clear the trail to the campground and lay down beauty bark. In 2012, they continued to clear and provide maintenance to the trail in preparation for the hosting this year. Stepping Stones youth also built and finished eight picnic tables.
Starting in March 2011, “Weaving Wednesdays” were implemented, and more than 40 small baskets were made by a number of Squaxin tribal government employees during their lunch breaks. Starting in October 2011, some of the employees who participated in the Weaving Wednesdays, gathered on Friday afternoons to make larger cedar bark baskets. Thirty-six baskets and seven hats were made for the Canoe Journey giveaway.
I taught a hat weaving class in a marathon 14-hour day.
For several months prior to the event, the I drafted/edited the verbiage for the volunteer page of the Paddle to Squaxin 2012 web site and established the registration data base (VolunteerSpot) with support from the Information Services department and collaboration with the Canoe Journey Coordinator and all of the committee leads. In the month prior to the event, Melissa Puhn and Jessica Dolge assisted with coordination of volunteer registration and employee assignments. Coordination of volunteers and staff during the event was accomplished with the assistance of many additional support staff (Vicky Engel, Penni Giles, Tracy Parker, Jan Olson, Cassidy Gott and many others) with numerous volunteers.
Overall, more than 1,400 volunteers and 350 employees filled shifts for nine days in the following areas:
• Green Team
• Food Service
• Traffic Control
• Crowd Manager/Greeter
• Public Safety and Security
• Volunteer Coordination
• Elder Support
• Youth Program
• Hospitality: Information Booths
Tee shirts were distributed to 1,450 volunteers and 400 staff.