On October 16th, HI-Portland, Northwest teamed up with HI-Portland, Hawthorne and the HI-Oregon Council to host an appreciation event for our incredible, hardworking volunteers. This past year we have all been fortunate to welcome new volunteers, develop new programs and continue to build a globally-minded community here in Portland, thus furthering the mission of Hostelling International.
The event was a huge success with a great turnout, tasty food and drinks, and even cooperative weather. After honoring each volunteer, we handed out volunteer of the year awards to those who had gone even further to give hostellers a meaningful experience while visiting Portland. We chose Deb Ralls for the HI-Portland, Northwest Volunteer of the Year for leading 38 walking tours in the last year, covering over 110 miles. Her impressive tours, along with her enthusiasm and warm, welcoming attitude make her an invaluable asset to our volunteer team. Huge thanks to Deb and all our other volunteers!
Here are some photos from the event.