Three Creeks Community Partners
Serving Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Mt. Vista, Felida, Lakeshore, and Fairgrounds









Born and raised in Washington, Ila Stanek and her family immigrated to Canada in 1972.  When she returned to the US in 1984 she created The Word Works, Inc. secretarial and business support service in Hazel Dell.  Prior to its sale at the end of 1998, it served the needs of more than 1600 loyal and varied clients.  The company handled the secretarial requirements of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association’s Region IV office for over five years. 

Aside from The Word Works’ activities, Ila has also completed four years working for the United States Postal Service, much of this time overlapping her Word Works tenure.  She maintains a small family-based data management, Westergard Northwest, in her spare time.  In 2002 Ila inherited a pioneer family farm from her father in Cando, ND that she has returned to native grasses and that now functions as a wildlife preserve.  With her husband, Arlen Stanek, she spends time traveling and escorting her Irish Wolfhound, Dine, to community events and outings.  Her son, Ryder, is an IT Specialist at Kaiser Permanente, and her daughter, Alissa, is a social activist in British Columbia, Canada.

In her role as vice president for the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association, Ila handles the programs and functions as communications liaison for the association.  She has been actively involved in HDSCBA since 1985.  The non-profit association is involved in activities that benefit area schools, provides annual scholarships to Clark College, and supports the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek and Felida business, students and residential community in general.  It has sponsored the annual Hazel Dell Parade of Bands the third Saturday in May for the last 46 years.  In conjunction with Clark County Fire District #6, HDSCBA also sponsors the annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Ila serves on the steering committee for the Highway 99 Corridor Revitalization Team (“Team 99") and functions as secretary and communications person.  This effort is concerned with assessing the current use, appearance and accessibility of the Highway 99 corridor and making recommendations for improvements to make it a more resident-friendly link to business and community services.  In conjunction with this project, Ila has been serving on the Mixed Use Committee to develop a new ordinance for Clark County’s code.  She now serves as a member of the Three Creeks Advisory Council which is concerned with development in unincorporated Clark County.

In her continuing efforts on behalf of the residents of Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek and Felida, Ila represents the West Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association (as its president) on the Neighborhood Association Council of Clark County (NACCC).  She serves on the West Precinct Sheriff’s Advisory Board as well as on citizen committees for Clark County Fire District 6 and its activities.  She has been treasurer of the Friends of C lark County for several years.  Currently, she is the treasurer of the Three Creeks Community Partners as well.




Mission Statement:

The Three Creeks Community Partners is committed to working to enhance the quality of life for citizens generally within the Three Creeks area of Clark County, Washington.