It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 12-18, 2015. The American Diabetes Association of North Texas would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the volunteers who graciously have given their time, expertise, dedication and hard work to help us Stop Diabetes®.
“American Diabetes Association volunteers believe in our vision of a life free of diabetes,” said Leonor Marquez, chairman of the DFW Leadership Board. “National Volunteer Appreciation Week is a good time to highlight the impact that can be made when volunteers apply their professional skills and talents to their volunteer experience. I’d like to say thank you to all of our volunteers for everything they have given to us.”
Two of our youngest volunteers, Ryleigh Ashford, 10, pictured above, and Grace Kendzierski, 7, pictured above, are our Youth Ambassadors for ADA’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and Tour de Cure events respectively. They have given countless hours touring the area giving talks at their schools and to others about the effects diabetes has had on their lives.
Ryleigh was recently pictured on the newsletter cover of Cook Children’s Hospital. Cook Children’s sponsors our camp in Fort Worth and their nurses provide all the support at the camp. Grace is our Living Proof Ambassador Award Winner and is pictured with long-time volunteer, Jim West, 81. He was diagnosed with type 1 at age 11, when the ADA was just four years old.
In 2014, the ADA awarded Volunteer of the Year Awards to the following people for their contribution toward our mission:
2014 Volunteers of the Year and Award Winners:
Step Out: Tari Young and Darlena Murphy of Sam’s Club – Markets 27 and 30
Stars of Texas: Dawn Douglas
School Walk: Debbie Hooker and Cindy Parsons
Tour de Cure: Lynne Storey
African American Initiatives: Rev. Lumas Poydras
Camp Aurora: Kelli L Goree
Camp New Horizons North and South: OJ Abanishe
Hispanic Initiatives: Martha Camarillo
World Diabetes Day: Tom Zavasky
Communications: Domingo Rodriguez
Speakers Bureau: Janet Sigler
Advocacy: Joel Ballew
Senior Signature Series: Candace Thompson
2014 Outstanding Leadership Board Member: Kenny Talley
2014 Top Corporate Partner: Trinity Industries
WDD Corporate Partner Achievement Award – Lockheed Martin
Luskey Lifetime Achievement Award – Debbie Gregor
We also would like to thank our board members and all committee volunteers and chairs who make our events so successful!
Thank you everyone for all your hard work and let’s continue to Stop Diabetes!