Celebrate Water 2021

We are excited to be hosting this year’s Celebrate Water at Ivar’s Salmon House and cannot wait to celebrate with you in person. Every year we host Celebrate Water to honor a local water hero, reflect on victories for our waters, and raise funds to continue protecting waters in Washington. This year we will be honoring retired tribal attorneys, Sharon Haensly and Kimberly Ordon, with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award for their careers protecting natural resources and tribal interests. We will also be hosting a 1 hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) workshop on water issues before the Celebrate Water reception.

When: September 9th, 2021

CLE: Topic & Speaker TBA 4pm-5pm

Reception: 5:30pm- 7:30pm

Where: Ivar’s Salmon House

Honorees: Sharon Haensly and Kimberly Ordon


Reception & CLE: $80

Reception: $55

Cle: $35

Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Honorees

Sharon Haensly

Sharon has practiced law since 1988. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University (1981), and a law degree from the University of Oregon (1988). She has been a staff attorney with the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Legal Department since 2009. Before that, Sharon was a staff attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and worked at several Seattle law firms that represent Indian tribes.

Kimberly Ordon (KO)

Kimberly Ordon is a graduate of the University of Colorado (BA 1976; MA 1980) and of Lewis & Clark Law School (JD 1985).  Kimberly started her legal career representing tribes at the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services in Portland, Oregon. In 1986 she received a Reginald Heber Smith (Reggie) Fellowship through Howard University to continue her work with tribes.  While working with the Klamath Tribe, Kimberly began her career-long advocacy for tribal fishing rights.  At the end of her Fellowship, she was invited by the Tulalip Tribes to continue the battle to protect salmon and their habitat. Kimberly happily served as an attorney for the Tulalip Tribes for over 30 years—the Best Job Ever—with great leadership and colleagues.


Our sponsors help make this event and our work possible. Thank you!

If you would like to sponsor Celebrate Water please reach out to Kayla Magers at development@celp.org

River Sponsors

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Quinault Indian Nation

Stream Sponsors

Law Office of M. Patrick Williams

Partner Sponsors

Rachael & John Osborn