Cycle the WAVE could not happen without the help of over 300 dedicated volunteers who help to produce the event each year. And certainly one of the most vital roles we look to fill each year is Volunteer Coordinator . So we are very excited to announce and welcome long time WAVE supporter Sherry Fadely to the team this year in this important position…
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80’s to pursue a dream of music and movies. I managed to do both; from chartering private jets for rock musicians to a successful 16-year career in feature film production.
My affair with the Northwest began while filming the FREE WILLY movies here, and I ultimately moved to Bainbridge Island in 2000. It was there that I took my first volunteer steps, getting involved with several community organizations. It was also while living on Bainbridge that bike riding became part of my life. With a need to improve my overall physical condition, I started pedaling in a spin class, then bought a bike, and less than six months later finished STP … it was a life changing experience. I was hooked and haven’t stopped cycling since. Riding my bike is a freeing experience; it makes me feel independent, it is a good workout, provides an active way to spend time with friends or be on my own, and is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and be connected with the environment. I love exploring cities and vacation destinations from the seat of a bicycle and participating in organized events.
My first Cycle the WAVE experience was in 2010 and it, too, is memorable. The energy of all the women, many of whom were not “cyclists” and the sense of empowerment and accomplishment — it was palpable. I’ve returned almost every year since as a participant.
I moved to West Seattle six years ago, a move that opened up new opportunities and new friendships. Soon afterwards I started volunteering with the Major Taylor Project – a Cascade Bicycle Club youth development program. MTPs mission is not unlike CtW in that it integrates bicycling with healthy living, and creates a sense of empowerment, inclusion and an opportunity to expand views by riding a bike. As a volunteer with this program I’ve done STP six times, riding with the students participating in the MTP program.
With more flexibility in my schedule this year I decided it was a good time to give back to CtW rather than just ride, and I agreed to come on board by volunteering in a major role. Having a back ground in production and working with volunteers (most recently as an event producer at Seafair for two years) I hope my experience and enthusiasm will be a good addition to this team as the Volunteer Coordinator.
I’m very proud to be on board and look forward to working with everyone at CtW and getting to know the volunteers. I will also look to you, the volunteers, to help guide me over the next two months – so that this year’s event is successful and memorable for all involved.