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Ann Bakkensen was a panelist on Oregon's first citizens' initiative review, a process she calls "...democracy in action."  A retired Portland Public Schools librarian, Ms. Bakkensen has also pursued a career of community service for more than 30 years.  She has served in a variety of elected, appointed and volunteer positions with public and private organizations from the local to the national level.
 
Speaking of her work as a citizens' initiative review panelist, Ms. Bakkensen says, "The opportunity to work with a variety of people for a common goal was both humbling and inspiring.  It made me think of the man in the Norman Rockwell painting Freedom of Speech, speaking up and being heard at a town meeting.  And it made me realize that for the process to work, everyone's voice needs to be heard.  Democracy feels good!"