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May 4, 2017 Leaders, do-gooders and innovative businesses recognized at West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast
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By Lindsay Peyton

Maria Groen turned her acceptance speech for the “Westsider of the Year” award into a rallying cry – imploring others to join her in the ranks of volunteers for worthy causes.

Shortly after taking the microphone at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s annual Westside Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 4, Groen asked a group of friends to stand beside her waving signs displaying reasons to help others.

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“You have the power,” one read.

“Your gifts are meant to be shared,” was printed on another.

“You’ll be happier,” read a third.

“When we work to transform the world, we are the ones who are transformed,” Groen said. “So all you do-gooders, get out there – to transform and to be transformed.”

She was recognized for her work with Fauntleroy Church, the West Seattle YMCA and Seattle University -- but accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers who have stood by her side.

Now, Groen said her mission is to recruit others.

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