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VYFS director's predecessor made a difference, too | Letter to the Editor

Thanks for your good coverage of Ken Maaz’s departure from Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS), and your editorial about the lack of benefits for VYFS staff.  (I had no idea!) Ken is a friend, as well as a tireless super-competent administrator, and his presence on the Island will be missed tremendously.

However, I felt your article failed to give credit to Ken’s predecessor at VYFS, Sam Collins, who was really responsible for beginning the agency’s turnaround and specifically made the PlaySpace purchase and the initial VARSA grant possible. He also began the networking process, which has resulted in a much better social service and safety net on the Island.


— Stephen Silha


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