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Alaska Community Service Honors Their Amazing Volunteers


December 21, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Don Murray, Director of Alaska Communications Systems, had the honor of presenting Alaska Community Service's awards to some of Ketchikan's amazing senior citizens, volunteers, and sponsors at a recognition ceremony held at the Ketchikan Senior Center on December 15th.

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Don Murray, Director of ACS, presented an Alaska Community Service volunteer award to Juanita Diamond for her volunteer service as a Senior Companion.
Photograph by Gretchen Klein

Recipients for the special recognition awards were selected for their "amazing" volunteer efforts through the Ketchikan Alaska Community Service (KACS).

KACS's Outreach Coordinator, Gretchen Klein said the volunteer community members recognized were each presented a certificate, a rose and a gift basket. KACS' amazing volunteers for 2005 were:

Patsy O'Dell - Senior Companion
Dorothy Coady -Foster Grandparent
Lorraine Huffman - Senior Companion
Bonnie Siltman - Retired Senior Volunteer
Shirley Cowley - Senior Companion
Mary E. Fitzgibbon - Senior Companion
Marie Smith - Senior Companion
Yvonne Watson - Foster Grandparent
Juanita Diamond - Senior Companion
Bertha Hansen - Retired Senior Volunteer
Juanita Diaz - Senior Companion
Joyce Baldwin - Foster Grandparent
Juanita Diamond - Senior Companion

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Foster grandparent Dorothy Coady and Pastor John Judson
were among those recognized for their amazing volunteer service to KACS.
Photograph by Gretchen Klein

Amazing sponsors recognized for their community volunteer efforts through KACS were each presented a certificate. KACS' "amazing" sponsors for senior volunteers were:

Gateway Christian School
Pastor John Judson
Ketchikan Senior Center
Jackey Beasley
Ketchikan Pioneer Home
Bett Jakubek
Ketchikan Boys and Girls Club
Intergenerational Project
Amy LaSage and Tony Azure
Saxman Headstart
Romine Thomas
Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility
KFMJ - Anita Hales
Rendezvous Day - Elena Rath

Klein said, "Thank you to the Alaska Community Service volunteers in Ketchikan." She said, "It was a fun surprise for the seniors to be recognized."
If anyone is interested in signing up to be a foster grandparent to work in local schools, or to be a senior companion, contact Gretchen Klein at 247-3350 or 617-4685.



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