Paulette McCoy is the public affairs manager at Providence Seaside Hospital. Before that, she was the director of the Astoria Bicentennial.

How long have you lived on the North Coast?

Well, I grew up on the coast, and then after high school, I graduated from Astoria High School. I lived in Portland for 30 years. My husband and I moved back to (Astoria) eight years ago.

How long have you been with Providence?

I’ve been with Providence for 18 months. Before that, I was the director of the Astoria Bicentennial Celebration.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about the job is that I get to go out into the community and tell the wonderful story of Providence and what the mission of Providence is and how we serve the poor and vulnerable as the sisters of Providence did 150 years ago. It’s wonderful to be the mouthpiece of Providence.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

The most challenging thing in a hospital (is that) there’s just one of me. What I do is all the marketing and all the communication and all the public affairs. So in any one day, I may be working on the public website, writing a press release, being out in the community, running an ad for the Daily Astorian or Seaside Signal. But that’s what makes the job fun. There’s a lot of variety in it.

What is your favorite activity to do on the North Coast?

My husband and I love canoeing. We canoe in the Necanicum River in Seaside and the Lewis and Clark River. Those are our two favorite places to canoe. And, of course, walking the Prom – I try to do that on my lunch, if the weather is nice. We love clamming, too.

What is your favorite restaurant in Seaside?

What’s so nice about living on the North Coast is there are fabulous restaurants. Whether you go have some chowder at Norma’s; we have a nice glass of wine at Yummy. I love Doogers, Pig’n Pancake for breakfast. I’m very fickle when it comes to my favorite restaurant; there’s too many to choose!

What was the last book you read?

I usually have about three books going at the same time. I usually have a mystery novel – I like James Patterson. And then I’m usually reading a history book – I read a lot about the history of the Pacific Northwest. And then I read a nonfiction. Right now I’m in three different books.

What local groups are you involved in?

I was part of the Astoria Rotary, and when I got the job in Seaside I transferred to the Seaside Rotary. I am also part of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce and the Seaside Downtown Development Association. We’re also active in the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and the Cannon Beach Chamber, too. I do go to a lot of meetings representing the hospital.

What was your first job?

My very first job was working at Fisher Brothers in Astoria. I worked there in the gift department, and I did all the gift wrapping for wedding gifts. So, to this day, I love to wrap gifts.

What is your favorite event in Seaside?

I really love the (Providence Seaside Hospital) Festival of Trees. It’s beautiful to be part of, and it gets you in the holiday spirit. It’s fun to work there and be part of it and raise money for the hospital foundation.