With great sadness we report the tragic loss of our friend, Shannon Harps, a beautiful human being who lived her life with unbelievable integrity and grace. Shannon was a tireless advocate for the environment in which we all live. Her dedication and passion shone through a radiant smile.
Shannon was focused and steady, always a calm and competent voice, guiding volunteers as to the best way to contribute. Even when a political issue got a little heated, or a threat to a wilderness seemed unstoppable, she was thoughtful and deliberate; always assuming an adversary's better nature would prevail.
She was an organizer who more than lived up to the job title; her plans and materials were always in perfect order. She touched people at an individual level, and the impact of her personal commitment multiplied as she reached and inspired hundreds of volunteers and activists. Her love for the outdoors was paramount. She'd rather be hiking or backpacking in the mountains than almost anything else. She was a triathlete who gave herself new challenges, but was modest and self-effacing to all who knew her.
Three ways to donate in Shannon's name:
To honor Shannon’s love of working with and engaging youth in protecting our environment: The Shannon Harps Memorial Fund at The Sierra Student Coalition. This fund will be used to support young environmental leaders by providing trainings, internships, and helping them get involved in protecting the environment in the Northwest. Checks should be made payable to: Sierra Club Foundation, stating in the memo of the check or on a note attached to the check, Shannon Harps Fund- Sierra Student Coalition Northwest. Mail to the Sierra Club Foundation, 85 Second Street, Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94105 , Attn: Kristi Davis . To make a contribution by credit card, call Liz Roddy at 415-995-1780.
Shannon supported the work of Childhaven, a local nonprofit that cares for abused and neglected children. You can contribute here.
We invite you to explore the following:
- Download the gorgeous slideshow created to celebrate Shannon (then click the picture of Shannon to start the show)
- Leave a thought or read more about Shannon (then click the guestbook tab)