During the proclamation ceremony, county colleagues and advisory committee members spoke of what a great friend, listener, and adviser she has been, and also acknowledged her enthusiasm and commitment to public engagement. Knitting will be one part of Kathleen's "encore" career, along with continuing to help lead the county's Vital Aging Network Employee Resource Group.
Some quotes from the Proclamation ceremony:
- "You'll go down in the County annals forever!"
- "Your talents and friendship will be greatly missed by all."
- "Over the years we have had fun sharing the tales of the crypt involving our working lives and experiences."
- "[S]he worked with Board members, staff, and citizen volunteers, through good times and bad times, for better, usually better, and worse (& at times the County has had those too), and it has been a unique marriage of individual and citizens and elected officials and staff and institutions – we owe her a great debt of gratitude and wish her well!"
In closing, Kathleen remarked, "I attribute what success I have achieved to the support I have had from all the staff and volunteers here at Multnomah County. We love the creative ideas. We love the technical solutions. We really love helping to put the ideas and solutions all together to achieve the goals. In parting: Hooray for the idea people. Hooray for the technical people. And Hip-Hip- Hooray for the support people. Love you all!!"