Four women to be inducted into YWCA Hall of Fame


BELLINGHAM - When Bellingham resident Julianna Guy learned she would be inducted into the YWCA Northwest Women's Hall of Fame, she didn't even know she had been nominated.

"I was nominated two years ago, and I wasn't chosen then," she said. "But they must have hung on to my information and decided this year was the year."

Guy was active in getting the city to put a park in Cordata neighborhood and is still working to improve it. She is also working to get a park for the King Mountain neighborhood.

She is one of four women who will be honored at the annual induction dinner Sunday, March 23, at Northwood Hall on Northwest Avenue.

When the Cordata area became part of the city, it did not have a designated park. Guy helped start Cordata Neighborhood Association and lobbied the city to buy land for a park in 2008.

"The Cordata neighborhood has not been blessed with many amenities," she said. "The park still doesn't have a playground or a picnic table."

The other three inductees are:

- Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Deborah Garrett, who focused her career as an attorney on employment and housing rights for low-income people.

- Lummi Nation leader Ramona Elizabeth Phare Morris, an advocate for the rights of Native Americans in the county and across the nation.

- Ann Marie Read, who has spent 25 years as a parenting educator at Bellingham Technical College.

The YWCA has honored 68 women in its hall of fame since 1999, when the hall was started.

Reservations for the 16th annual event are $30 and need to be made by March 19. Reservations can be made by email at or by phone at 360-734-4820.

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