April 2017 | Local non-profit Hospice by the Bay honored 165 of its community volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center on April 12, with the top service award going to Anita Moran of San Francisco.
The 2018 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award was presented by CEO, Kitty Whitaker, who acknowledged Moran’s four years of dedication to more than 40 patients, including those who are marginally-housed or experiencing unique challenges. Whitaker also noted that Moran provides respite to caregivers, maintains bedside vigils for dying patients, and serves as a mentor to other volunteers.
Other Volunteer Excellence Awards:
- The Spirit of Willingness — Recognizing exceptional ability to be readily available for any kind of requested service to patients and family members: Lynn Lynch (San Anselmo) and Lynn Macfarlan (Sonoma).
- The Spirit of Generosity — Gratefully acknowledges the longevity of contributions to customers and fellow volunteers at the Novato Hodgepodge Thrift Store: Lorraine Day-Andrews (Novato).
- The Spirit of Sincerity — Recognizes the virtue of one who communicates and acts in a way that is thoughtful and sincere, maintaining integrity in all situations: Thomas Deiss (Oakland).
- The Spirit of Versatility — Recognizes an invaluable capability to adapt oneself to many varied tasks with ease and dependability: Ann Morris (Novato).
- The Spirit of Presence — Honors an ability to be truly present with another human being in body, mind and spirit, with a compassionate focus: Richard Scott (Woodacre).
- The Spirit of Unity — Acknowledges excellence in leadership that brought volunteers together as a unified Book Project team at Book Passage in Corte Madera: Cathy Schroeder (San Rafael).
- The Spirit of Loyalty — Gratefully acknowledges the longevity of dependability and faithfulness to volunteer commitments and duties with a gracious heart: Linda Engstrom (San Rafael) and Irene Hightower (Point Richmond).
- The Spirit of Intuition — Recognizes an exception ability to bring joy and understanding to hospice patients suffering with memory loss: Suzanne Tremolada (San Rafael).
- The Spirit of Resourcefulness — Honors invaluable knowledge of technical skills that aid the retails stores when most needed: Tara Evans (Stinson Beach).
This is the13th 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.