Constance Perenyi is leaving the Commons

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Constance Perenyi, long time executive director of Third Place Commons, has accepted a position with the City of Shoreline.

“We are sad to see her leave the Commons,” said Ros Bird, chair of the board of Third Place Commons. “She has been an amazing executive director. We are very happy she has found a new place to use her many talents and experience but she will definitely be missed.”

Constance at the Indoor Market
Photo by Jerry Pickard
Constance became executive director in 2007. During her tenure, she nurtured the farmers market, the indoor winter markets and craft fairs and saw the development of Market Bucks. Market Bucks has become a model food assistance program, getting food into the hands of local people who need support to purchase fresh local food.  

When the music program on Friday and Saturday nights was eliminated she worked with the mall owners to develop a plan for reinstating the music program.

With her gentle enthusiasm and passion for community building, Constance brought new users to the Commons every day of the week.

A look at the upcoming calendar reflects her tireless work. The Spanish, French and Yiddish conversation, gamers night, book clubs, Provail, Tai Chi, Maj Jongg, Redmond Cycling, Word Play, Art-in-the-Commons, ADHD support group, music — and that is just next week.

Her special knack for bringing people together has helped make the Commons a great place for everyone. 

Wednesday, August 19 is her last day. Constance will be in the Commons from 5pm to 7pm. Drop by, sign a card and help give her a warm Commons send off.


Anonymous,  July 29, 2015 at 8:58 AM  

It was disappointing when the doors were taken off the small room used for the conversations. It is sometimes so noisy in the commons it doesn't matter if the discussion is in French of Spanish - it's impossible to hear what's being said.

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