PHAME Student Kaaren Londahl Wins Advocate of the Year Award

White haired woman with glasses standing in front of a bush holding a clear glass award

We were thrilled to hear that Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC) recently named PHAME student Kaaren Londahl “Self Advocate of the Year.” Kaaren is a board member at OSAC and at Independence Northwest, and is a member of the PHAME Arts Leaders program. Her advocacy efforts consistently take her to Salem to talk with Oregon’s representatives, and she advocates fiercely for the rights of people with I/DD every day.

If you spend time in the neighborhood surrounding PHAME, you’ve probably run into Kaaren on the street or in a shop, and she’s probably reminded you to call your legislators. Self-dubbed the “Queen of Broadway,” Kaaren is a neighborhood celebrity. She engages with everyone she meets—she makes a point to connect.

We asked Kaaren about her experience being a self advocate. She said, “When you’re in a big world, it’s important to connect with people—it helps people to grow, to be responsible.” We couldn’t agree more.

Congratulations, Kaaren, on a much deserved award!

Anya Roberts