Show of appreciation for ferry workers

Submitted by the Washington State Ferries

A show of appreciation from San Juan County

Thank you to the San Juan County Council and San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee for sending the following letter of appreciation for my colleagues working aboard the ferries and at the terminals on our Anacortes/San Juan Islands route. The thoughtful and kind message is another reminder of the important role we play in the communities we serve.

“It is without question that you, the Terminal and Vessel Staff which operate and maintain ferry service for San Juan County, are critical to the residents and visitors of our islands. The work you do daily has impacts that reach far and wide across our county. Day-in and day-out, you act as the primary conduit for commerce, healthcare, education, and numerous other aspects which are vitally important for the success of our community. There are very few parts of island living which are not directly affected by the work you do.

“As we collectively battle through the dark winter months; through weather, illness, and other seasonal challenges, more than ever we recognize the difficulties you face in the execution of your work. Not only does your work become more physically taxing, but you face an increased exposure to dangerous situations and often frustrated passengers similarly struggling under the weight of the season. You are there early in the morning, late in the evening, working through the dark and the cold to provide a vital and necessary service to our community. While your job may be as front-line representatives of Washington State Ferries, for San Juan County you are the ambassadors of the County to the thousands of travelers to, from and within our unique community.

“While there is no way to properly show our profound gratitude for the work you do daily, as representatives of the broader community, we wanted to officially recognize and convey our appreciation to each one of you that serves our route. We appreciate the impact that your effort and dedication to your work brings to our community. Thank you for continuing to being a vitally important part of what makes San Juan County the incredible place that it is.”

-San Juan County Council and San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee