Brian Pattinson named ‘Volunteer of the Year’

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
L to R: The Pattinson family – Amelia, Jane, Kira and Brian. Courtesy photo.
Recently, Duvall resident Brian Pattinson was awarded the honor of “Volunteer of the Year” by the City of Duvall for his many years of passionate commitment to the arts in both our community and in the Riverview School District.

Brian is one of the founding members of the Cascade Community Theatre (CCT), a small group of talented performers, producers and technical gurus, who have been delighting our community with their performances since 2007. Their amazing talents, quick wit and “can do” attitude have shown our community time and time again what an inspiring difference community theatre can make in a small town, and in our school drama programs as well.

Historically, members of CCT began their journey as the Cheetah Theatre/Riverview Drama Group.  After numerous performances the adult members and volunteers decided that it was time for them to re-group and create plays with and for predominantly adult cast members.

Brian explains, “we decided that the kids shouldn’t be the only ones having all of this fun,” and with that, Cascade Community Theatre was born. Since that time productions such as “The Ideal Husband,” “The Odd Couple,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “It’s A Wonderful Life/Radio Drama” and “Ophelia,” just to name a few, have delighted and inspired our community.

With each performance, whether in the planning stages, building stages, prop creation or acting, Brian Pattinson has been there, every step of the way. He is not only a selfless volunteer, he is also an amazingly talented performer, director, sound/lighting technician and stage builder... basically your “Jack of ALL trades” literally, and an integral part of each and every production.

Brian’s wife Jane proudly shares, “Brian is the most generous, loyal, kind-hearted, and patient person I know. He’s brilliant and clever, a passionate supporter of the arts, education, his family, and this community we love so dearly.”

When Brian received his  Volunteer of the Year award, the following was noted by the mayor in his presentation: “The City of Duvall would like to thank Brian Pattinson and name him Volunteer of the Year. Brian Pattinson has donated his expertise and/or equipment to the Heritage Festival, Jim Malcolm Concert, Duvall Dirty Paws Dog Walk, Duvall Days, Carnation 4th of July, River Winds Band, and Holy Innocents Catholic Church.

“In fact, Brian has been involved in so many community projects over the past few years, it is impossible to count them all. He is known as a go-to person for sound production and technical advice and is willing to step in at the last minute if needed.

“In addition to his day job at Microsoft, Brian is past president of Cascade Community Theatre and has worked tirelessly on dozens of their productions. Brian is also a Duvall Cultural Commissioner, has been an officer of Cascade Arts and Culture Council, and a member of Cascadian Choral. Brian works with Cedarcrest High School’s music and drama departments and loves mentoring future techies. A 14-year Duvall resident, Brian has the enthusiastic support of his wife Jane and their two daughters, Kira and Amelia.”

When asked about her experience in working with Brian, Cedarcrest drama teacher Michelle Lewis says, “Brian Pattinson is an instrumental part of the drama program at Cedarcrest. His knowledge, enthusiasm, expertise and dedication in helping make our program successful is outstanding. His selflessness and willingness to do whatever he can to make our productions a hit is unbelievable. He is an exceptionally important part of the CHS drama department.”

Volunteers such as Brian make an invaluable and meaningful difference for so many in our community; they inspire our youth, bring adults together creating opportunities for sharing skills, talents and friendship, and most importantly promote a sense of true community where everyone – children, teens and adults are accepted, appreciated and celebrated.

Brian explains his dedication to volunteerism and helping others in this way – he simply says, “I believe it is what we are all here for.”

Thank you, Brian for your continued support and passion for the arts, education and for our community. Not only are you making a difference – you are leaving a legacy.

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