6th Generation Montanan
From an early age, I benefited from what makes our community so special - access to public lands, public parks, public services, public schools, and the investment of residents of all ages who care about the community.
My experience growing up in Columbia Falls was hardly unique - money was tight, especially for a family of seven. As a child, I counted on scholarships for camps and activities, received free hot lunches, and relied on our school and public libraries for my entertainment. Because I grew up in a place where so much was accessible to me on my bike I was able to pick up a weekly paper route around my neighborhood as my first job, spend a lot of time at our local library, and ride to the city pool. Growing up in a safe community with accessible public services allowed me to learn self-sufficiency and independence.