Meet Janna Gage
Our 2019 Paul Harris Recipient
Janna, a fourth generation Skagitonian, was raised on a small farm on the North Fork of the Skagit River. She attended La Conner schools and Skagit Valley College. Janna has authored twelve books, six of her own and six co-authored with others. Her passion for local history and community service is apparent in her books and in the many organizations she has helped.
Following a career as an office manager and reference librarian she served as the volunteer director of the La Conner Senior Center for fifteen years. She has also served as a Skagit Hospice volunteer, the president of the Skagit County Pioneer Association, and the La Conner Billikens.
Janna’s accomplishments are numerous and varied. She rallied community support for building a skateboard park for La Conner youth. She has helped five people through college and happily reports that one of them was herself. Her greatest challenge came early in her life when her mother died when she was twelve and she took on the job of housekeeping for her family and helping her sister and two young brothers. She has refurbished a 30 foot sailboat, lived aboard for eight years, and built a log house of her own design on the hillside where she played as a child.
In the La Conner community Janna is often seen as the one who steps up. She has been recognized by the Skagit County Historical Society, the Town of La Conner, La Conner Soroptimists, and the La Conner Rotary Club for her work in the community.
Looking for yet another project, in April of 2017 Janna opened Seaport Books on Gilkey Square, believing that every small destination town needs a good bookstore. This is her first experience in retail and she reports they are doing well.