Volunteer extraordinaire

Published June 8, 2017 / by Steve Berentson

A visit for a free blood pressure check at the Island Hospital Resource Center more than likely will present the opportunity to meet Elaine Oliphant, a volunteer at the hospital for more than 18 years. Rather than talking about herself, Elaine was eager to express her gratitude for the state-of-the-art digital blood pressure monitor donated by Soroptimist International of Anacortes. Elaine, who wears a pin acknowledging more than 7,500 volunteer hours with the hospital, also volunteers for the Anacortes Police Department, the Senior Center and a couple of retirement homes. “It’s my thing,” she says with a smile.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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