After two decades of living and serving in Alaska, Suzanne Little is heading south with her husband, Mark Burgener, and daughter Hattie. "A good part of me is sad to be going. Alaska is my home; it's sad and a hard thing to leave this place I love. However, it is a move that we have wanted," said Little Tuesday evening outside the Homer City Hall where she was waiting to introduce the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to the new director of the Homer Boys and Girls club.
For the last six years Little has served as the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kenai Peninsula. When she started there was only one club in Kenai to serve the entire Peninsula. Now there are new sites in Homer and Seldovia and five after-school programs operating in Soldotna. Under her watch the program has risen from serving around 1,000 members to some 2,500 kids today.
Prior to taking the post at the Boys and Girls Club, Little served as a State Senator, Borough Assembly member, helped develop the Seward Sealife Center, and was a popular member of the singing group Food for the Soul.
In recognition of all her accomplishments and contributions to the community, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly unanimously passed a Resolution of Commendation at Tuesday's meeting in Homer. The reading of the resolution by Assemblymen Bill Popp, was followed by a standing ovation by those assembled at Homer City Hall. Of all her accomplishments, the one that stands out the most says Little was, "Having our daughter, and watching her grow, so far, to age five, that is what I would have to consider my greatest achievement in Alaska."
Regarding the future of her singing group Suzanne commented, "We are looking at this as an expansion, not an end. So they will be coming for concerts in the Seattle area, and I will be coming back home quite often for concerts in our area. My singing partners are absolutely too dear to me to leave for any length of time."
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