On Wednesday, April 17, the Eagle View Adult Center held its annual volunteer recognition event and announced its 2019 Red Sweater Award winners. The outstanding volunteers and Red Sweater Award recipients are Kathy Jensen, Shari Severance, Stan Shibao.
Every year since 1996, three volunteers have received this prestigious award. Volunteer nominations are submitted by other volunteers at the center and three are selected to receive the award by a committee of past awardees. Those selected are not told in advance that they will be receiving the award so it comes as a complete surprise!
Here is what Eagle View Adult Center Manager Sue Corbett had to say about each of the winners at the awards luncheon:
Kathy Jensen doesn’t do anything halfway. She gives 110% to whatever job she commits to. Kathy has performed a variety of duties at Eagle View and at the old Brighton Senior Center. In 2011, she started out as a front desk volunteer: answering phones, taking registrations, and giving information. She has been a pen pal with our second graders at South Elementary off and on over the years, depending on her availability. She works trip registration, special events and most recently has developed a new class, “Aging to Sage-ing.”
She has one of the warmest smiles you’ll find at the Center. One of the nomination forms said, “Kathy is very friendly to everyone at Eagle View. She greets you with her beautiful smile, asking how are you doing and will listen to you with compassion and understanding.”
Kathy is very dedicated to Eagle View. She has embarked on a whole new area of teaching with the Aging to Sage-ing courses. She is sharing her passion to learn and share life skills to help others age gracefully.
Shari Severance is someone you can always count on. She is a good friend to all. She has been volunteering at the Eagle View Adult Center since 2015.
Her talents are many but if you ask her what she does, she’d probably answer, “I just cook and serve.” That would definitely not be a true statement. She has worked in the kitchen for just about every special event there is. She cooked at a camp for many years and she shares her talents and skills with us. Give her a recipe and then she adds a little of this, a little of that – and she just make it even better!! She is a gentle leader and shows others how to do things easier and much more efficiently! She works so well with everyone and is not afraid to just step right in and get things done!
Shari also volunteers every Monday with our lunch program. She doesn’t care if she is serving food, running the dishwasher or just visiting with the folks at lunch. She never shies away from work.
Someone wrote “Shari goes above and beyond her duties. She’s so cheerful and pleasant to be around! She is always wanting to help in whatever needs to be done.”
Stan Shibao has been volunteering in the kitchen since 2016. Every Monday and Wednesday he arrives early. He puts on his apron, checks the menu and immediately gets busy.
There is not a job in the kitchen that he is not willing to do. From washing dishes to cleaning out the refrigerator to taking inventory, he does whatever it takes. He is a very hard worker. Nothing ruffles his feathers and the more work there is to do, the more enjoyment he receives.
One of the nomination letters said, “Ask and you shall receive, that certainly describes the devoted spirit of Stan.I’m not aware of anything where Stan hasn’t stepped up to the plate. His strength, forward thinking and availability shows that you can count on him whenever you ask.” Another said that “when you work with Stan, you never worry, he is there to help.” Another said, “Stan goes above and beyond what is expected of him.”
Stan also works Friday Feasts and special events. He will cook, clean, park cars… whatever you ask. If you are in need of help, Stan Shibao is the one to call. He will give you all there is to give.
Volunteers perform a wide variety of jobs around EVAC and in our community. In 2018, 155 people volunteered 9,043 hours of their time. EVAC uses an average of 90 volunteers each month.