Sue Sharpe 


The Lifetime Achievement award is given to a local business leader that has taken action to strengthen our community while also representing the principles Sustainable Connections stands for. Sue Sharpe has been an inspiring leader and has committed her career towards bettering the health of residents across Whatcom County.

Her extensive career includes both non-profit and private health care experience, working at local hospitals, Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Advancement, the Whatcom Community Foundation, and the Chuckanut Health Foundation.

Sue has been an integral part in bolstering support for crucial community needs such as access to health care,  nutrition, and education. She’s worked with major funders to link funding opportunities to positive healthcare improvements, and she contributed to the Community Health Improvement Plan. In addition, Sue has helped many local agencies access grants, and increasing funding such as the Bellingham Food Bank, Lighthouse Mission, Northwest Youth Services and the Interfaith Community Health Center.

Prior to winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, Sue was the former President of the Bellingham Bay Rotary, named the Executive of the Year in 2014 by Bellingham Business Journal readers, was inducted into the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Sue currently serves on Western’s Board of Trustees, and on the Board of the Northwest Economic Development Council.

Thank you Sue for all that you do for making our community on of the best places to live, work, and play!

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