Staff Spotlight: Erika Lindholm

Erika Blog Post

               

 

                For Welcome Center Lead Erika Lindholm, the Y is more than a workplace: it’s a second home.

                Erika’s involvement with the Y began when she was just 9 years old as a camper at the Skagit Valley Family YMCA’s Camp Anderson. Going to camp was the highlight of her summer each year, she said. She wanted to be able to give other children the same valuable camp experience she had, leading her to become a volunteer counselor at age 13 and working up to being a main counselor several years later.

                After graduating high school, Erika transitioned from Camp Anderson to the Sports Department at our Bakerview Sports Center and later to the Welcome Center at Hoag Road where she works today. Serving in so many different roles at the Y has allowed her to get to know the organization, its staff and its members inside and out.

                “Working at the Y, particularly at the Welcome Center, has really given me insight into my community and its needs,” Erika said. “On a daily basis, I’m interacting with people from all walks of life. It’s really opened my eyes to how diverse Skagit County is.”

                Erika feels fortunate to have spent her formative years growing up in the Y. The Y’s mission of “youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility” has always resonated with her and have served as a reminder of what’s important in life.

                “Throughout my life, when I had to make a difficult decision, I’d think back to the Y’s core values. They kept me on track and put things in perspective,” Erika said.

                Erika’s partner, Bernie, is also a long-time Y staff member. Their oldest child is a Camp Anderson camper and their youngest will be enrolled in Bitty Sports once he turns three.

                “I feel very lucky to be able to raise my family in the same community that has given so much to me over the years,” Erika said. “When I think of where I want to be in five years, I hope I am furthering my career at the Y.”

                Erika: we thank you for your years of service, hard work, and the positive attitude you bring to your job each and every day. We are so lucky to have you on our team!