Dear Peace Community,
In the midst of all of the uncertainty and upheaval in our world, I get to bring you a little spot of hope and inspiration.
I get to introduce our 34th Peacemaker, KD Dickinson!!
She is the founder of Portico Real Estate and her business and personal mission has always centered on people over profits — “to honor diversity, build community and create a lifestyle that promotes the health and well-being of our planet and work to bring integrity and trust into the real estate profession while creating tremendously satisfying and fulfilling lifelong relationships with the people in our community.” That sense of people over profit makes her a perfect Peacemaker for 2020 when we so need to remember our humanity and our connections to each other. And outside of work, she has walked the walk of peace and justice for a very long time.
Imagine the courage needed to be the first out, gay, female firefighter back in the 70’s or the only realtor among the vocal advocates of an open space bond that preserved Mt Jumbo in 1995. She has helped countless people — showing up when they need her the most, even if it meant a sacrifice for her. She has helped build community by giving generously of her time, talent and treasure to many of our local organizations, JRPC included. In her words, “I love this community and I love being able to support it”. KD shows us a peace that is steadily grounded in service, relationship and authenticity as well as large doses of music and play. Several people have described her as “the real deal”.
This year, we are unable to celebrate in the same way we usually do with a large gathering, music, food and lots of speeches! We will plan all that when we are able and present her with the unique quilt the Missoula Peace Quilters are working on. In the meantime, KD’s history of service to so many nonprofits in our community has given us the idea for the perfect way to celebrate and honor her today.
We are inviting the Missoula community to make a donation in honor of our 2020 Peacemaker to JRPC or ANY participating organization during the Missoula Gives event which begins at 5 pm today, and goes until 7 pm tomorrow, May 1
Not only will we be able to see the impact KD has had around Missoula with donations to several of our organizations, but we can also truly celebrate our connections to each other through this remarkable lady. Thank you KD for your daily commitment to peace, justice and a livable planet, and for doing it with understanding and love…Betsy