APRIL 28, 1997

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Leadership Institute graduates provide service to community

McKee & Barahimi

Dean McKee and Hossein Barahimi.
Photo by Andrew Walgamott/Northwest News.

Leadership Institute by Andrew Walgamott, staff reporter
Dean McKee and Hossein Barahimi were among the graduates of the Leadership Institute last Thursday. McKee, City of Woodinville's Director of Permit Services, and Barahimi, a King County Department of Transportation employee active in the Kingsgate area, were among those recognized for completion of the nine-month course on community leadership skills. They and 24 other graduates received plaques for their accomplishments at ceremonies held at the Grousemonte Estate in Redmond.
   Through lectures and group projects, the Leadership Institute focuses on community and leadership skills training for men and women. This year, participants heard lectures on sustainability, chaos theory, communications, and science by some of the most respected experts in the field. The class was divided into project groups that identified needed work in the community.
   McKee and his project group worked on youth-senior connections. "What we tried to do is introduce youths to seniors and hope friendships and connections were made for mentoring and skills training," said McKee. Youths gave back to seniors by helping them with computers and training. A Senior-Teen Forum site was established on the Teen Northshore Internet site (http://www.teennorthshore.org) to continue the program. It is designed to assist in youth and senior connections. McKee said the Redmond Rotary had paid for six months online for the service and further contributions will be sought to fund the program. Renita Williams, another graduate of the Institute, will assist Kerri O'Leary, Teen Work coordinator for Teen Northshore, to keep the program current.
   Barahimi said a friend had asked him to join the Leadership Institute. "This is a great class. Not only has it taught me everyday lessons, but lessons I can apply in my life and in the community. I have taken a lot of classes and this was by far the best," Barahimi said. Hossein worked on getting badly-needed furnishing for the Eastside Domestic Violence Program shelter.
   "They're super people to have in our community," said Woodinville City Councilmember Barbara Solberg, who attended the celebration. She said the program was a good way to bring skills and talents back to the community.
   The Leadership Institute is co-sponsored by Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville city governments and Chambers of Commerce, and by local businesses. Now in its seventh year, 140 adults in civic and business arenas have graduated from the program.