Press Release - Award presented at April 14 Volunteer Appreciation Reception

April 18, 2016 | Local nonprofit Hospice by the Bay honored 135 community volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the Mill Valley Community Center on April 14, with the top service award going to Pat Burnham of Kentfield.

Burnham was given the 2016 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award for her more than 22 years of service to the agency. In total, 436 volunteers dedicate their time and service to the agency.

The award, given by CEO, Kitty Whitaker, also acknowledged Burnham’s thousands of hours of volunteer work in numerous capacities and roles, including Patient & Family Support, Holiday Gift Wrapping, and ambassadorship to Hospice by the Bay.

Other Volunteer Excellence Awards:

  • The Spirit of Determination — For excellence in implementing c Kathleen McIntyre (Sonoma), Micaela Philpot (Glen Ellen), Ingrid Sheets (Sonoma) and Lorrie Thomas-Dossett (Sonoma)
  • The Spirit of Healing Comfort — For excellence in promoting wellness for bereaved children by creating lasting memories with Comfort Bears: Sandra Massen (Corte Madera). Peg Rutt (Novato) and Barbara Trenam (San Rafael)
  • The Spirit of Ambassadorship — for Excellence in providing sparkling customer service at the Hospice by the Bay Gift Wrap Project at Town Center Corte Madera: Sue Paul (San Rafael)
  • The Spirit of Loyalty — For excellence in generously supporting Hospice by the Bay events, most notably, the Hospice Ball Planning Committee and Camp Erin: Kathy Pickens (Novato)
  • The Spirit of Creativity — For excellence in creating imaginative window displays that invite customers into our Hospice by the Bay Thrift Stores:
    • Hodgepodge in San Rafael: Linda Klouda (San Francisco), Fredie Sobel (Kentfield) and Betty Woolfolk (Inverness)
    • Hodgepodge II in Novato: Carmen Cespedes (Novato) and Janice Yates (Novato)
  • The Spirit of Teamwork — For excellence in outstanding volunteer leadership and commitment to the Hospice by the Bay Used Book Project at Book Passage: Book Project Volunteers

This is the eleventh year that Hospice by the Bay has presented the Volunteer Achievement award, which honors the generous spirit of former Marin County volunteer Dee Fahy. Until her death in 2003, Fahy volunteered for the agency for 25 years, advocating for hospice care in the 1970s when it was still a new idea in the United States.

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