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North Plains Volunteer Spotlight: Cindy Hirst

041015_cindyhirstIt makes perfect sense that our first Volunteer Spotlight features long-time community member and volunteer Cindy Hirst. Cindy has served as the volunteer Board Secretary for the North Plains Chamber of Commerce since 2013, where she is the glue of the day-to-day Chamber operations including welcoming and supporting local businesses. She also works to bring people together and partner to produce special community events - like the 2020 “no contact” 4th of July Parade and the recent Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park.

Cindy mostly grew up in Washington County, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and has been a resident of North Plains for more than four decades. Her inspiration for volunteering started by watching her father volunteer in the community, including serving as the Hillsboro Mayor. In addition to Cindy’s eight years (so far!) of volunteer work with the North Plains Chamber of Commerce, Cindy served on the City Council including as Mayor (1987-1991), on the North Plains Budget Committee, and on the North Plains Senior Plaza board. More recently, she has been instrumental in helping the budding North Plains Parks Foundation get off the ground with a group of other energetic community members.

“I really enjoy the work I do in our community,” said Cindy, “We’re growing and I think a lot about how we can be inclusive and let more people know what’s going on and how they can help share their skills and passions to help fill a need and improve the lives of our friends and neighbors. This past year of the pandemic was challenging but it also really brought our community together and helped us all realize that doing what we can to help each other out is important and meaningful.”

In her professional career, Cindy served four years in the US Army Reserve, and worked at Nike in sales training and development, and at Fred Meyer in the corporate office. She most recently operated her own company for 20 years providing customer service evaluations to companies in the US and Canada - all while continuing to volunteer her time to the North Plains community. 

Thank you for all you do, Cindy. We appreciate you!