As a lifetime Lewis County resident, attending Pe Ell High School and Centralia College, Dianne Dorey has seen our community change and grow over the years, and has made a positive impact in our community in many different ways. Dianne has served the county for 47 years as Lewis County Assessor, and is retiring from public service. She began working for the Assessor’s office in 1975 and was elected as Assessor in 1998, and has since been involved in the Washington State Association of County Assessors (WSACA), and the Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) in her professional capacities as Assessor. Dianne loves and cares about this community and is a wealth of knowledge and a go-to historian about the area.
Dianne’s love for the community extends far beyond her profession and volunteering. Her and her late husband not only have 3 grown children of their own, but starting in 1990, opened their home to over 125 long term foster children, and over 200 short term foster children. When reflecting on her foster experience she said “Getting to know and love the kids is the best part of the profession. Each one brings their own perspective of life. I have learned more from them than I think they learned from me.”
When asked why she decided to join the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Ambassador program in 1999, Dianne recalled, “I felt it would be a great way to network with the business community and for others to see me in a different light than an elected official.”
Dianne has served in many volunteer capacities in our community over the years. She has served on the Board of Directors for United Way of Lewis County since 1985, served as Treasurer for the Lewis County Foster Parent Association (LCFPA) and the Foster Parents Association of Washington State (FPAWS).
Volunteering as an Ambassador has given Dianne an opportunity to get to know members of our community she normally wouldn’t, network with other business owners and citizens of Lewis County, while supporting and encouraging local businesses in our community.
If you have thought about volunteering, but don’t know where to start, stop by or call our office for more information on how you can get involved in our Ambassador program, or other local volunteer opportunities.