Author: Brooke Strickland

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Prevention and Resilience

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By first grade, Clark County resident Grace* had experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Her mom and dad were young, not ready to be parents, and both struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Experiencing shame and humiliation at home and in the community became the norm for her each day. When her father left when… Read More

Community for Women Engineers Inspires Local Students

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When Laura Shannon started her engineering program at Washington State University Vancouver, she noticed the need for a community of other female engineers to join forces and support each other. Shannon and another female engineering student were working on a class research project together and noted how rare it was to study and work with… Read More

Explore Vancouver’s New Waterfront

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The long-awaited Vancouver Waterfront officially opened in autumn 2018, and since then, Clark County residents have been flocking there to experience the sweeping cityscape and water views. The waterfront park is a half mile in length and encompasses 7.3 acres with a flat walking trail and plenty of seating along the way. There are currently… Read More

Brecky Breck: Local Mom Teaches & Inspires Kids on YouTube

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Breck Johnson, otherwise known as “Brecky Breck,” has interacted with kids her whole life. As a teenager, she managed a children’s summer camp in Corbett, Ore. and, after moving to Vancouver as a young adult, she was hired to run a children’s program in Clark County. Now, as a mom of four, she is inspiring… Read More