Victim Support Services is sad to be saying say goodbye to our Whatcom County Victim Advocate, Holly Diaz, who has been a vital part of the agency for more than 7 years. Holly’s positive impact on the agency and the clients she has served will be felt long after she leaves. Holly was pivotal in developing our offices in Whatcom and Skagit County, and has successfully built relationships with law enforcement, support officers, and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure coordinated response and support for victims of crime. She also developed and co-authored The Finding Light After Darkness 10 week homicide support group model, which created an amazing space for survivors of homicide to connect with one another and rebuild after homicide loss. Holly has also been instrumental in developing the Human Services Response Project, giving advocates the tools to respond to communities after larger reaching traumatic events. We all wish Holly well as she moves forward in her journey. She has accepted a position at Western Washington University as the new Residence Life Administrator for Leadership, Training and Assessment. They are lucky to have her passion and talents. Jessica Drain, our current Skagit & Island County Advocate will be transitioning into the Whatcom County Office.