2015 Individual ChangeMaker:
Mary Toews is the founder of Mari’s Place: A Creative Space for Children & Adults. In addition to this, she works as an interpreter and translator for several area hospitals and local businesses. In addition, she serves as an instructor at ESL through educational programs for crime prevention for Latino families, Parks and Recreations Department.
She enjoys volunteering her time and energy to several local causes. She was the President of the Booster Drama Club for Lake Stevens High School, the committee Chairman for Legacy Project at the Children’s Museum, serves as the Board Director of the Education Foundation in Lake Stevens, United Way Snohomish County Vision Council and is a proud member of the Rotary Club.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Mexico, and a Law degree in International Business as well as certification in Early Childhood Education.
2015 Community Organization
Familias Unidas, a program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, is a Family Support Center focused on the Latino community of Snohomish County.
Grounded in the Family Support Principles, we are community directed and dedicated to working with families toward health, justice, and hope. We recognize that each person can be an asset to themselves, their families and their communities. Through this belief, we strengthen and empower individuals and families to stabilize, sustain and succeed.