Caring for people, connecting with people, committed to people
Who am I? Colleen Hinds, born third in a clan of twelve siblings on a Minnesota farm. I learned at a young age to share, help, care, negotiate, and entertain "the troops."
After nursing school I worked at the Houston VA, mainly with spinal injury patients from the Vietnam War. When I looked into the hopeful eyes of a twenty year old paraplegic it broke my heart. War is never the answer.
I left Texas with dreams of living in the mountains and Montana was marked on the map. My partner, a Vietnam Vet, and I drove a 1961 Dodge Van all the way to Trout Creek, Montana. The van needed repairs and we took a break at the North Shore Campground.
Enterprising, energetic, and perseverant attitudes enabled us to build a log cabin by hand and live without running water and electricity. We were absolutely pleased with the results. The best part was all the like minded people we met, a golden thread of connection to community.
It is this golden thread of community that I honor today. It is a privilege to pursue public office. I am here to listen. Let's talk solutions. Together we can do better.