“Be kind, do good, we’ve got this.”
Margaret loves volunteering, lifelong learning, and supporting communities and organizations that do good for the world. Passionate about international exchange, she and her husband have hosted ten international exchange high school students since 2006. Described as kind, big-hearted, and inspiring, she has dedicated herself to serving communities and organizations that create positive change, specifically ones that foster independence, confidence, and community.
Since retiring in 2020, Margaret spends her winters on Mount Hood as a guest host, and in the autumn and spring she volunteers as a pace leader for a women’s half marathon training program. “I am happiest when I’m being physically active and encouraging others to be the same.” Margaret sets and achieves high goals for herself, such as walking 1200 miles in a year, completing challenging trail races, doing a sprint triathlon, and walking a marathon.
Margaret loves to travel and has eight states left before she has visited all 50 states. Other travel aspirations include visiting Eastern Canada and all of the national parks in the United States. Internationally, she is looking forward to traveling abroad to visit her exchange daughters and overseas family.
Margaret’s advice to her younger self: “Take more chances, say yes to more opportunities, you never know how much time you have here on earth. It is important to stop and breathe. It is okay to cry.”
Margaret now: “I am stronger and more capable than I think.”