POULSBO — Martha & Mary honored and thanked over 350 volunteers at its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon April 25, awarding 10 volunteer service awards to some exceptional volunteers.
Martha & Mary is a leading West Puget Sound regional nonprofit provider of exceptional care for children, adults and seniors.
“We’ve been very blessed with a dedicated pool of over 350 volunteers and it’s not easy to select the awardees,” said Martha & Mary Health Services Administrator Holly Shepherd. “So many people do so much to make our work of caring for the people in this region possible.”
Shepherd emceed the event, which had over 100 people in attendance at First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, which was well-timed with National Volunteer Week, April 21 to 27.
“Martha & Mary has one of the largest volunteer corps in Kitsap County, with our volunteer family contributing more than 20,000 hours annually, and performing everything from horticulture therapy, to bus driving for senior outings, to therapeutic one-on-one Alzheimer’s companionship," Resident Life Services Director Tracie Wathall said. "Their passion for service to improve the lives of others is nothing less than heroic.”
Volunteers’ lives are changed as well, including finding second careers, nurturing others with special their talents, or making choices for further education. Fifty-two First Year Volunteer Service Pins were also awarded.
Summary of Award Recipients 2013
New Volunteer on the Block Award – Alex Miller of Poulsbo
Dependability Award – Betty Cooper of Port Ludlow
Unsung Heroine Award – Cheri Moore of Silverdale
Extra Mile Award – Margo Bouchillon of Bainbridge Island
Pet Therapy Award – Jim Strycharski and his dog Marty of Poulsbo
Music to our Ears Award – David Hornbeck of Poulsbo
Excellence Award – Heather Morrison of Poulsbo
Thanks for You Award – Joann Komedal of Seabeck
Good Cheer and Sunshine Award – Kristin Ulanday of Bremerton
Years of Service Award – Anita Puzon of Poulsbo. Service began in 1982 (31 years)
Paula Rimmer, director of development, said, “I want to congratulate all recipients, and indeed, recognize each and every one of our volunteers. Making a difference in the lives of others is core to the overall mission of Martha and Mary, organization wide, and our volunteers deserve our sincere gratitude for their personal commitment, talents, and compassion. They are absolutely vital to helping us do what we do in the Kitsap County community.”
— Alex Miller of Poulsbo was named New Volunteer on the Block, and he began his service at Martha & Mary just four months ago, assisting on the Alzheimer’s/Dementia care unit providing individualized one on one visits. His positive volunteer experience caused him to consider pursuing a career in nursing, and he will soon be joining the Environmental Services team as an employee at Martha & Mary.
—Betty Cooper of Port Ludlow was recognized for her Dependability, and has been a part of the volunteer family for over two years, teaching and mentoring residents in art therapy every Thursday morning in a painting class.
— The Unsung Heroine Award was presented to Cheri Moore of Silverdale. This award recognizes a person who is a constant ‘behind the scene’ volunteer, always quietly and diligently going out of her way to help where ever the need arises. She assists with crafts, manicures, the weekly bingo program, bulletin board preparations, and the Red Hat Club, and is always willing to help out with special events.
— Margo Bouchillon of Bainbridge Island was given the Extra Mile Award, and has served with thoughtful enthusiasm in a broad range of needs at Martha & Mary in the last year, starting with one-on-one in-room resident activity visits, then creating monthly bulletin boards, and today doing weekly duty in the gift shop and supporting resident outings and shopping trips.
— The Pet Therapy Award recognizes the importance of animals in a care setting, and was presented to Jim Strycharski of Poulsbo and his special dog Marty, who are among the 52 volunteers currently involved with bringing the therapeutic benefits of touch and unconditional love from “man’s best friend and fuzzy feline” (and even a miniature horse), to the pet therapy program enjoyed by residents and staff alike at Martha & Mary.
— David Hornbeck of Poulsbo was presented with the Music to Our Ears Award for sharing his gift of music by playing piano in the dining rooms at mealtime, the chapel in the afternoon, and during special resident parties and celebrations throughout each month. For three years he has faithfullyalso volunteered by assisting dining services in meal delivery and clean up, watering outdoor flower pots and the grounds surrounding the greenhouse, helping with Friday Bingo and recently has joined another volunteer to deliver fresh baked bread to residents on Monday mornings.
— The Excellence Award was presented to Heather Morrison of Poulsbo who was recognized for her unique gifts and strengths in regards to working with people, in particular her ability to consistently respect the integrity and anticipate the needs of the most vulnerable residents during one-to-one interactions. She came to Martha & Mary in need of hours for an internship experience in a Geriatric Health Care setting, and she completed the hours necessary for her internship within two months. Morrison decided to remain on as a volunteer for the next eight months working across departments in providing residents with walks, engagement in intergenerational programs with children from Martha & Mary’s education programs, and supporting large group activities.
— For all she has done over the years to enrich resident’s lives with gardening and the horticulture therapy program, Joanne Komedal of Seabeck was presented the Thanks for You Award. A Master Gardener and certified Horticultural Therapist, Komedal is a former employee who was responsiblefor initiating the horticulture therapy program from the ground up. She returned sixteen months ago as a volunteer working countless hours to revamp the greenhouse, the resident garden boxes, and the Victory Garden which is also enjoyed by Martha & Mary KIDS’ children in one of Martha & Mary’s manyunique intergenerational engagement programs.
— Kristin Ulanday of Bremerton was presented with the Good Cheer and Sunshine Award, because she is like ‘a ray of sunshine who never fails to spread warmth and happiness’ throughout her visits. Ulanday often visits totally different residents each week who are in shorter term rehabilitation stays, and she was noted for her excellence as an ambassador in customer service to people who are experiencing Martha & Mary for the first time.
— The Martha & Mary Years of Service Award was presented to Anita Puzon of Poulsbo, for serving the organization with passion, love and commitment since 1982 - an incredible 31 years. Puzon has shared her artistic talents in the one of the longest running programs, the Thursday morning paintingclasses, and she has given her gift of music through sing-a-longs, music programs and playing the piano for chapel services. She is a member of the Vinland Ladies quilters, who have helped support the Gift Shop and Auxiliary fundraisers over the years. She is also a fantastic cook and helped create two Auxiliary fundraiser cookbooks, as well as baking for innumerable bake sales.
Fifty-two First Year Pins were presented to the following volunteers:
Victoria Bartoldus – Poulsbo
Valerie Baustista – Bainbridge Island
Nora Bell – Poulsbo
Jessica Cain – Poulsbo
Ashley Call – Silverdale
Janae Chapman – Silverdale
Adam Crawford – Poulsbo
Cailyn Crossland – Kingston
Debra Dalgleish – Hansville
Morgan Davis – Poulsbo
Gloria Dennison – Port Ludlow
Sarah Farmer – Poulsbo
Jodi Feldbush – Poulsbo
Nora Gelineau – Poulsbo
Erna Goldizen and Ethan Goldizen – Bremerton
Chelsey Gutierrez – Poulsbo
Lizzy Hancock – Poulsbo
Taryn Harris – Poulsbo
Linda Howard – Poulsbo
Brandon Jarvis – Poulsbo
Dee Kamp – Port Ludlow
Meegan Keeler – Burley
Stephanie Kennison – Poulsbo
Joann Komedal – Seabeck
Lauren Leicht – Poulsbo
Michelle Maleski – Kingston
Lacie Martin – Kingston
Kathleen McCullough – Belfair
Alex Miller – Poulsbo
Sydney Mitchell – Poulsbo
Madison Minder – Poulsbo
Cheri Moore – Silverdale
Heather Morrison – Poulsbo
Chase Munroe – Bremerton
Naomi Newlin – Poulsbo
Sharila Outlaw – Silverdale
Delome Paine – Port Ludlow
Carly Pearl-Sacks – Bainbridge Island
Eileen Peterson – Bremerton
Kyle Ridings – Bainbridge Island
Katrina Sabatini – Bainbridge Island
Tyler Secrest – Kingston
Morgan Selenius – Poulsbo
Sarah Thomas – Silverdale
Kristin Ulanday – Bremerton
Cody Warren – Poulsbo
Katha Miller-Winder – Bremerton
Kelsey, Robin, Daphne, & Heather Wingard - Poulsbo
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