Pamela Krueger, Recipient of The Shirley Utevsky Volunteer of the Year Award

Cancer Lifeline’s 2020 Shirley Utevsky Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Pamela Krueger. This award was established in 1989 in memory of Shirley, a direct service volunteer, who gave generously whenever there was a need.

“Pamela is such an inspirational volunteer at Cancer Lifeline.  Her self-determination and creativity have opened so many doors for Cancer Lifeline clients,” said Meghan Wilkins Melanson, Cancer Lifeline’s Director of Programming. “When talking about the programs she helped launch in the past few months, one can’t help but beam with such happiness and be inspired by all of the work she’s done.  I am so proud of what she has accomplished here and I am inspired by her drive and tenacity to keep pushing forward. And I am beyond thrilled to have her on the team as our new Clinical Program Administrator.

Pamela Krueger has always loved creative writing, starting with neighborhood marionette playwriting in childhood and, as she grew, often venturing into poetic interludes for solace and the insights the process of writing delivered. When her eldest son was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood leukemia, she turned to poetry and journaling to process her experiences and seek meaning. Her own experiences during his three and one-half years of chemotherapy led her to deeply understand the power of the creative process, leading her down her current path. Before she became an emerging therapist, she counseled clients about protecting the environment, facilitating many groups through the process of resolving conflicts during her fifteen-year legal career. She lives in Issaquah, Washington, with her husband Scott and her two young adult children, Ethan (22) and Oliver (18), and their beloved corgi, Buddha. She recently received her Master of Fine Arts in Creating Writing from Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, from the California Institute of Integral Studies after completing a nine-month residency as Cancer Lifeline’s expressive arts therapist in training.

“I’ve never known a volunteer to give so fully of themselves in their passion and for so much time each week!  Pamela’s dedication allowed us to jump-start the programming at our Center and add a layer of depth to our programming, said newly retired Mary Ellen Shands, former Clinical Program Manager for Cancer Lifeline.  “Her expressive arts therapy pilot program also allowed us to begin serving previously under-served individuals such as children.  Absolutely amazing!”

Contact information for Pamela Krueger: (206) 832-1271 or pkrueger@cancerlifeline.org.