We stand at the peak of summer, between the explosive growth of early summer and the satisfied abundance of fall. The bountiful season is underway, with carrot and beet beds yielding a rainbow harvest and well-rooted greens supplying the kitchen. The Whidbey Institute is well-rooted, too: as we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary, those of us with ties to Chinook are fed by the decades of effort, care, and positive intention that have made and continue to make this place what it is. Today, I’m standing between an inspiring history and a promising future. The view from here is wonderful.
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Marnie Jones, and I’ve recently joined the Whidbey Institute as Communications Manager. I’ve spent the last decade in journalism and non-profit communications, working most recently with the Timber Framers Guild and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. I retain a half-time role at HSSV, where I can exercise my passion for animal welfare. The Whidbey Institute, with its focus on sustainable action, vital communities, and inspired leadership, supports my personal commitment to a life of compassion and connectedness.
I live with my husband, daughters, and a number of extraordinary animals in the South Fork Valley of Whatcom County, but my roots are here. I grew up in Langley and spent my youth riding my horse down every trail and every quiet shoulder of the south end. Chinook feels like home. I’ve been drawn to the Institute and its restorative atmosphere, and I’m excited about learning from this place and the people who work, play, and grow here.