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Whale Museum throws retirement party for Koski | Letters

Kari Koski, coordinator of the Whale Museum
Kari Koski, coordinator of the Whale Museum's Soundwatch program, was honored by the Marine Resources Committee for her dedication for educating boaters and protecting killer whales. Koski, stepping down after 18 years of leading the program, was presented the MRC's Master Steward Award Jan. 5.
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For nearly 20 years, Kari Koski has been a significant member of The Whale Museum staff.

She began in September of 1992, immediately becoming a valued team member. With her quick wit, intelligence and engaging, charismatic manner, Kari has held various roles from educator to research director and, most notably, director of the Soundwatch on-the-water boater education program.

Kari has worked passionately and tirelessly to provide a better, safer environment for the Southern Resident orcas and other marine mammals.

Her leadership and involvement with developing the Be Whale Wise guidelines, the Kayakers Code of Conduct as well as the county, state and federal regulations were invaluable. Kari has been instrumental in so many of our local and regional marine issues and projects — and we thank her.

Kari cannot help but get involved because she cares so deeply.

As Kari retires from the museum, we are all saddened and will miss her tremendously. It does come as a great relief that Kari is choosing to remain here. With San Juan being a small island and Friday Harbor a close-knit community, we look forward to seeing Kari somewhere on-island or on-the-water every day.

We will always consider her a part of our Whale Museum family.

Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at The Whale Museum, as we celebrate Kari and wish her well on her “retirement.”  (Sharing of “Kari” memories, gifts and good wishes are welcome)

Jenny L. Atkinson, Executive Director of The Whale Museum




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