Rick Norrie — New Stage Project Manager
Photo: Rick Norrie (right), new project manager for the Schoolhouse Park Stage, studies the stage plans with Tom Fouts
Community Center Board Welcomes Rick Norrie as Stage Project Manager
On May 16, the Guemes Island Community Center Association board announced at its monthly meeting that Rick Norrie was appointed to be the new project manager for the Schoolhouse Park Stage project. The project has nearly completed Phase 1 (crawlspace slab, foundation, ramps, decking, electrical panel, and acoustic sound wall). Phase 2 will begin soon to install uprights, shear walls, roof, and sound platform and complete the electrical work and landscaping.
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Following a 14-year military career in the Navy, which brought him to Whidbey Island, Rick Norrie joined the Island County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He was introduced to Renee Van Iterson, daughter of the late Ria Foster, and Guemes Island, where Renee was raised. It was love at first sight on both accounts. Renee and Rick married and began living on Guemes fulltime in 1993.
Rick was schooled in woodworking and construction by his father-in-law, master craftsman Tony Foster, who Rick says “could pretty much build anything.” He enjoys working in his shop doing woodturning and learning when he is not volunteering or working in his private investigative business doing background checks.
During his 31 years in law enforcement, he became a drug-recognition expert and was nationally recognized for his ability to spot symptoms of drug and alcohol impairment. He traveled across the state promoting drug education and early intervention. Rick retired in June 2018.
Wanting to give back to the community that “has benefitted my family so much,” Rick joined the volunteer Guemes Island Fire Department and has already taken the strenuous firefighting course and plans to take the challenging EMT course this fall.
When he learned about the need for construction and constructive management of the stage project, he again volunteered his services. Rick’s goals for the stage project are to realign the project, improve communication, and overcome adversity and conflict so that the community can work together to accomplish short-term and long-term goals in a reasonable time frame. With a positive and inclusive attitude, he states, “I want to help the community achieve its dream.”
Please contact Rick Norrie at 360-661-5770 with questions or to volunteer.