Talk about a hard worker. Germaine Kornegay moved to Washington 30 years ago after becoming a military wife, started her own business and jumped in to help the people of our community. Later, as a single mother, she put herself through Western Washington University, obtaining a human services degree so that she could further help Skagitonians of all ages and economic status.

She worked and volunteered in countless nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Club and Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services while running her pet-grooming business of 30 years. In fact, she earned a Center for Education, Equity and Diversity award from Western for helping to change a state law, removing the spousal exemption for rape. Fitting this awareness month. She also received SWAN Woman of the Year for her work in our community.

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