July 01, 2010

Project PATCH Dedicates Family Growth Center

Dozens of guests traveled from points throughout the Northwest on Sunday, May 16, for the dedication of a new Project PATCH Family Growth Center in Goldendale, Washington. This new retreat, on 437 acres of land donated by Clarence and Elsie Tupper and Margie Wentland, will provide short-term educational and experiential counseling to families. It is the latest venture for the non-profit ministry, which continues to serve troubled youth from its main facility in Idaho. Carlyle Mason, former caretaker for the Oregon Conference's Gladstone property, provided much of the Goldendale facility construction expertise. Watch a video of the event at

Regional Convocation Draws Hundreds

Nearly 2,000 people from all parts of the Northwest and beyond attended the 34th-Annual Regional Convocation held May 13–16 in Auburn, Washington. It was organized and sponsored by the North Pacific Union Conference office of regional affairs with a theme of "Giving Hope to a World in Need." The event featured a host of keynote speakers and musicians, including Jesse Wilson, Oakwood University associate professor of religion, who spoke Sabbath morning, and Alan Woodson, who directs the award-winning Mt. Rubideaux Church Choir. Special programs were designed for children and youth. This was also the second year with a unique program track for young adults — with nearly 200 attending. Watch for a more complete report with photos in next month's GLEANER.

Tri-Cities Teacher Wins Teaching Award

Verna Canaday, Tri-Cities Junior Academy first- and second-grade teacher, is the proud recipient of a 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. She is part of a select group of outstanding teachers from around North America to receive the award this year from the Alumni Awards Foundation.

Canaday was cited for running a regularly updated Web site for parents, community outreach projects, and her ability to stay abreast of current events — all qualities enhancing the educational experience of her students.