Patrons of Discovery Breakfast 2018
Testing the Waters: Investing in Access
We are enormously grateful for your support at our 10th annual breakfast on October 17, 2018. Salish Sea Expeditions welcomed Lauren Kickham, Director of Impact for Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, managing philanthropic initiatives that include Ocean Health, Conservation and Climate Change, as our keynote speaker. Ms. Kickham was joined by former KING5 Meteorologist Jeff Renner, and Dr. Charles Eriksen, Professor, University of Washington School of Oceanography. Dr. Eriksen is a physical oceanographer who delights in observing and trying to understand the deep ocean using long range underwater autonomous Seagliders developed by his research group. Their discussion focused on exploration, problem-solving, and innovation in the marine environment.
Our emcee this year was Captain of the 2018 Race to Alaska’s winning team, Sail Like a Girl, Jeanne Goussev (click here for her bio and an article about Sail Like a Girl). Ms. Goussev is Managing Director of Fiduciary Services for Laird Norton Wealth Management and mother of a Salish alum.
Over breakfast we learned about new technologies that are being used in marine exploration and what kinds of skills are critical for this next generation of doers and thinkers.
Attendees also heard from Benjamin and Mathias, two 8th grader students from Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood, WA, who shared highlights and reflections from their June 2018 3-day Salish voyage. As Mathias noted, “Salish Sea Expeditions helps the next generation, like me, get to know the Puget Sound’s ecosystem. If nobody knows what’s in the Puget Sound, they might not care. They might just dump their car oil and trash and everything into the ocean. Then what’s left for us?”
The event was a great opportunity to learn more about Salish Sea Expeditions’ mission to connect students with the Salish Sea, inspiring curiosity, critical thinking and confidence. Attendees were invited to make a contribution in support of “hands on deck, hands-on learning.” If you were you unable to attend, but still wish to support science exploration: Donate Now.
View photos from the event here.