The 2019 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards were presented to local recipients at the April 15th Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting in Manteo. Accepting awards for their exceptional volunteer service were (from left) Marion and Blair Siefferman for their service to Boy Scout Troop 116 and Cub Scout Pack 116; Sheryl Tillett and George Viverette for their service to Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church; Mary Ellen Holland for her service to the Seniors’ Health Information Program (SHIIP); Wendy Sisler, Governor’s Medallion Award recipient for her efforts to establish a behavioral health clinic on Hatteras Island; Lynda Hester for her service to the Dare County Center; Dennis Pohl for his service to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) program; Laura Davis for her service to the Northern Beaches Division of Dare County Parks & Recreation and to Dare County Special Olympics; Kathleen Morgan for her service as coordinator for Dare County Special Olympics; Jonna Lewis for her service to the Northern Beaches Division of Dare County Parks & Recreation; and Juliane Kelly for her service to the Dare County Friends of Youth mentoring program. Governor’s Medallion Award recipient Wendy Sisler will further be honored at a ceremony in Raleigh in May.
About the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards:
Serving additional people with fewer and fewer resources is something most nonprofits do every day. Without volunteers, many of these organizations would not be able to provide important services. Volunteers are some of our community’s greatest assets, working every day to better fulfill the challenge of our missions. The greatest volunteers bring renewed energy, different and better ideas for getting the work done, and leverage new resources and contacts on behalf of the organizations they serve. While many organizations acknowledge these unique and talented individuals in their own way, recognizing the best of the best and sharing their stories on a bigger stage inspires others to service and helps to recruit even more volunteers to the cause.
What is the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award?
North Carolinians have always shown their concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in local communities across the state. This proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by the Office of the Governor in 1979 through the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. This award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, businesses and a paid director of volunteers that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.
What is the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service?
In 2006, the NC Commission implemented the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. This award recognizes the "top 20" volunteers in the state. Medallion recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state.Medallion Award recipients are honored at an annual recognition ceremony, where they receive a medallion signifying their accomplishments and service to the community.
Who can be nominated for this award?
Any person, group, or business from the public, non-profit or private sector serving Dare County may be nominated for the award. If you know of someone or a group of people who have given substantial amounts of their time and talent to help others in the community, nominate them using the nomination form. Nominees can be nominated for more than one category and nominators are encouraged to check all categories that apply to their nominees. However, please nominate only one individual and/or one company/group/team/family.
How do I nominate a volunteer?
Nominations can be submitted online. Nominations are due Wednesday, January 9, 2019.