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Mary Dickinson was born and raised in Lititz, Pennsylvania. She was one of six children. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language. Married 52 years, Mary and her husband Phil have two children. Their son and his family live in Round Rock, Texas, and their daughter and her wife live in Seattle.
The birth of her first son with Downs’ Syndrome in 1973 galvanized her to become involved with her community in all aspects. Her community activities have included: Girl Scout Neighborhood Director (FL), Down Syndrome Congress founding member (MD), Hispanic League Middle School Achievers coordinator (NC), preparing meals for Cocoon House (WA), helping with both Lake Stevens’ Library YES campaigns and joining the Lake Stevens Senior Center, Lake Stevens Friends of the Library and the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club.
She received the Winston-Salem Foundation’s annual ECHO award for her work with Crossing 52 Initiative encouraging racial dialog, her teaching of English to immigrants, and her service as coordinator with the Hispanic League.
Mary is grateful to have the opportunity to apply her energies to Lake Stevens. She will work diligently to help the City of Lake Stevens realize its potential. As in her campaign, she will continue to listen to concerns and suggestions of residents.