Hospice by the Bay Honors Local Volunteers
Awards presented at April 18 Volunteer Celebration
May 2019 | Local non-profit Hospice by the Bay honored 120 of its community volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center on April 18, with the top service award going to Pam Martori of Belvedere.
The 2019 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award was presented by CEO, Kitty Whitaker, who acknowledged Martori’s eight years of dedication as a Patient and Family Support Volunteer and that she always goes the “extra mile” in her service. Whitaker also noted that Martori is a compassionate and attentive vigil volunteer during a hospice patient’s final hours and often attends their memorial services at the request of the families.
Other Volunteer Excellence Awards:
- The Spirit of Willingness — Jill Ciambriello (Mill Valley)
Honors exceptional ability to be available for any kind of requested service for patient/families or Volunteer Services staff. Embodies the spirit of “Yes, I will do that.”
- The Spirit of Musical Presence — Karen DeTore (San Rafael)
Honors the unique ability to bring the gift of voice to hospice patients, and embody compassionate presence to vigil patients and their families.
- The Spirit of Generosity — Marcia Kinsler (Novato)
Recognizes exceptional long-term dedication to hospice volunteer service with exemplary attention and compassionate caring to patient/families.
- The Spirit of Well-Being — Susan Pollack (Novato)
Demonstrates exceptional commitment towards Hospice by the Bay’s primary core value of “safety”, that supports the well-being of everyone at our Novato Thrift Store.
- The Spirit of Kindness — Kim Okamoto (San Francisco)
Recognizes exceptional ability to bring out the best in anyone who has the pleasure of meeting her, whether patients, family members, or hospice staff.
- The Spirit of Extraordinary Commitment — Rosamond Bouchard (San Rafael), Sally Updike (Larkspur)
Honors outstanding character and personal responsibility by extending beyond usual volunteer role expectations at our San Rafael Thrift Store.
- The Spirit of Innovation — Phil Woodward (Sonoma)
Recognizes exceptional ability to create individualized activities that engage and inspire our hospice patients.
This is the14th 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.