My name is Gina Cabiddu. I am a Key Peninsula resident through and through. I went to Evergreen Elementary, Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High School. I actually got a thousand dollar scholarship from the Longbranch Improvement Club and I used that to go to the University of Washington in Tacoma. I got my bachelor’s and master’s in social work there. I spent a year and a half at Child Protective Services in Olympia. Now that I’m back I’m really excited to serve as the Director of the Key Peninsula Family Resource Center which is a branch of Children’s Home Society of Washington.
I’m having having so much fun being back in this position because we offer so many things – emergency rent and utility assistance, in school and after school programs like Little Toasters, a girls empowerment and public speaking program, and Little Buddies which is an academic and recreational program. We also have Big Buddies where middle and high school students volunteer their time for our programs. We do everything from home visits for a parenting support program to anything and everything based on what you need. We will do it, know someone who can do it or will find a way to make it happen!
My best memory of Peninsula School District was my graduation day. It was so cool to see all the people I had grown up with – from Evergreen, Key Peninsula Middle School, and Peninsula High School and have that moment of ‘this is it.’ This is the launching pad for what we get to do for the rest of our lives, to see people go on to all different fields and discover about themselves. For me, to be able to come back and give back to the community that gave so much to me is probably my proudest moment. So graduation day stays in the back of my head and comes up pretty frequently.