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Volunteers are Spirit of Worcester

In late August, the Commissioners and Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley thanked a handful of volunteers during the annual Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County Awards dinner at the Atlantic Hotel for their work in the community. Those present were nominated by their peers in May in the individual, faith-based, nonprofit, team, County employee, and lifetime achievement categories.

“Once a year, we ask residents, businesses, and nonprofits to nominate volunteers who are making a positive difference in the community, so together we can honor them for their gifts of time, talent and energy,” Brinkley said. That’s what this program is all about. We’ll be seeking nominations for the 2017 Volunteer Spirit Awards next spring.”

Barbara Peletier received the Individual Award for her work with Meals on Wheels, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines and Ocean City, The Dawg Team and Pine’eer Craft Club.

Star Charities founder Anna Foultz, nominated Peletier, stating, “She never gives up and ensures she accomplishes her task.”

Bette Bohlman received the Faith-Based Award for her work with Temple Bat Yam (TBY). She runs the gift shop and religious school, serves on the Executive Board, and is the faith partner representative to Atlantic General Hospital.

TBY Executive Board member Candy Gusst, nominated Bohlman and said. “Wherever there is a need or a gap, Bette steps in…She brings exuberance to all the tasks she takes on.”

Christine Jirikowic and Rachelle Daigneault received the Team Award for their work with the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum (DDC). The team led 42, fact-filled, school tours, and revamped the DDC Personnel Rules & Regulations manual.

DDC Chief Executive Officer Stacey Weisner nominated them, stating, “Their vast practical experience has been our greatest gift of 2015.”

Kenille Davies, Carolyn Miller, Patsy Myles, and Brenda Mannity received the Nonprofit Award for their work with Kenille’s Kupboard. They assisted with animal rescue, adoption and veterinary costs, collected and dispensed animal food and supplies to 144 local residents in 2015, and delivered supplies to homebound residents.

County resident Robin Dumler nominated them, applauding them for, “...their tireless efforts and commitment to the Worcester County community and their animals.”

Worcester County Risk Manager Eddie Carman received the County Employee Award for volunteering as a certified Lifestyle Balance instructor at area volunteer fire agencies and serving as the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene spokesperson for the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Worcester County Human Resources Director Stacey Norton nominated Carman, stating, “What makes his service extraordinary this year is that his outreach touched the entire state.”

Bill Kerbin, Sr., DDC founder, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the DDC, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, assisting in the gift shop, and supporting the DDC from its visionary phase.

DDC President Stacey Weisner nominated Kerbin, stating that, “Anything we need, at any hour of the day or night, he makes himself available.”

Learn about volunteer opportunities in Worcester County by contacting Brinkley at kbrinkley@co.worcester.md.us or by calling (410) 632-0090.