My name is Debbie Collins and I have been a Woodridge resident for over 34 years. My husband and I and our two children moved here because we liked the community and the schools. I recently retired after being a school social worker for 37 years. When my children were younger, I volunteered with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Religious Education classes at St. Scholastica, Daybreak at St. Scholastica and Woodridge Park District soccer. More recently, I volunteer at the West Suburban Community Pantry, Bridge Communities Transitional Housing, and the annual AdventHealth Mission Clinics.
When I became aware of the Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC) and the goals of championing diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion; identifying ways to celebrate diversity; and providing an opportunity for dialogue and engagement, I knew I wanted to be part of the committee. I feel Woodridge is a warm and accepting community that works hard at helping people feel accepted and included. A look back at the history of diversity initiatives is very impressive. My hope is to help all those who come to our community to feel welcomed and appreciated for their individual and unique attributes. I want to be actively involved with a group that promotes diversity, equality, equity, and inclusion.