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Westminster Communities of Florida 2018 Volunteers of the Year

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Westminster Communities of Florida 2018 Volunteers of the Year

  1. 1. Westminster Communities of Florida Volunteers of the Year
  2. 2. Volunteers of the Year — 2018 TOUCHING LIVES THROUGH SERVICE We are so thankful for our volunteers. They contribute thousands of hours in our communities, improving the lives of our residents, and we’re so blessed to have them. It’s our pleasure to recognize their contributions tonight.
  3. 3. COLLEGE ARMS TOWERS 2018 Volunteer of the Year Three years ago, Phyllis first became a volunteer at College Arms Towers when she began hosting a Bible study group for residents in her apartment. She continues to serve our community in a variety of ways, from running Penny Bingo games to hosting community dinners and even planning our annual Veterans Day luncheon. She’s always looking for new ways to keep her fellow residents engaged in community life. Never one to rest, Phyllis is also a published author with several science fiction novels. She enjoys birding, card games and watching musical performances by her daughter, April. Thank you for all your dedication, Phyllis! Phyllis Alltop
  4. 4. RIVERSIDE PRESBYTERIAN HOUSE 2018 Volunteer of the Year Around our community, she’s called Ms. Nellie. She’s well known as our Lead Floor Captain, but she also volunteers many hours in the House Boutique. Her large heart provides an endless supply of love for her fellow residents, including assisting another resident who is battling cancer. Ms. Nellie delivers her meals and even accompanies her to her doctor’s appointments. Ms. Nellie is always available and goes out of her way to find ways to help someone in need. We’re so thankful for all of her dedication to helping out the other residents at Riverside Presbyterian House. Nellie Beyeler
  5. 5. WESTMINSTER MANOR - FORT WALTON BEACH 2018 Volunteer of the Year Jody likes to help people, and she says that if she can do anything in her power to help, she will. Since joining our community two years ago, she has done so much: She drives people to doctors’ appointments, serves at community functions, and even gives away food to those in need. When she’s not helping out other Westminster Manor residents, Jody works with Habitat for Humanity and a local volunteer organization, the Emerald Coast Parrothead Club, which hosts fundraisers and parties with a purpose. On behalf of Westminster Manor and all of Fort Walton Beach, thank you for helping others! Johanna “Jody” Boeckmann
  6. 6. WESTMINSTER PALMS 2018 Volunteer of the Year A retired ordained clergyman, Ronald has undertaken pastoral care over the years at Westminster Palms and in his work as a volunteer assistant priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Chapel. Ronald very often makes house visits, to aid and to deliver homemade soup, including visits at the local hospital or at the Rapid Recovery Unit at Westminster Suncoast. Since 2015, he has also chaired our Scholarship Committee, raising substantial funds and mentoring staff. He serves on several other Resident Council committees, giving his time to help those in need. We’re so grateful for Ronald’s dedication. Ronald Brokaw
  7. 7. WESTMINSTER VILLAGE 2018 Volunteer of the Year For his fellow residents who take the bus, Robert has been a fixture in their lives as a volunteer bus driver for two years. He assists with helping each resident get on the bus and helps them load and unload their groceries when they return home. In addition, he volunteers to help with the distribution of our monthly MANNA food boxes to residents in need. Robert takes pride in his ability to volunteer his services in helping others, and he goes the extra mile to volunteer with a smile on his face. Westminster Village is proud to have Robert as part of our family. Robert Bryant
  8. 8. WESTMINSTER ST. AUGUSTINE 2018 Volunteer of the Year “The best way to get active is to volunteer!” is Kathy’s motto, and we agree. She is one of our most dedicated volunteers. Kathy has taken on a variety of roles as a volunteer, ranging from her work on the Social Committee, to our resident lifestyle program, to the Welcoming Committee, to volunteering in the Health Center. When she’s not busy volunteering, she competes on our pickleball and line dancing teams, where she shows the importance of sports and wellness to her life. Kathy is a fine example of a cheerful giver in our community, and we are so appreciative of her service to Westminster St. Augustine. Kathy Charlton
  9. 9. WESTMINSTER MANOR - BRADENTON 2018 Volunteer of the Year Caring for others and helping in the local community is a big part of who Ellie is. Her volunteering encompasses everything from decorating our community, to taking her neighbors to the doctor and on shopping trips, organizing a knitting group that donates their finished goods, managing our Country Store, teaching Sunday school, visiting in the Health Center — and more. But mostly, Ellie is always available to help a neighbor in need. After 40 years as a nurse, she always knows how and when to help. Westminster Manor can’t share our gratitude enough. Congratulations, Ellie! Ellie Collandra
  10. 10. WESTMINSTER TOWERS 2018 Volunteer of the Year When Barbara first joined the Westminster Towers family, 10 years ago, she thought she would no longer be involved with music. It didn’t take long before she realized that this was a mistake, because music can bring so much joy to others. Ever since, she has played the piano to lift spirits and bring joy to our community. What’s more, she has also reinvented our therapeutic coloring class, and looks for every opportunity to share her talent with her neighbors. Our hearts soar to hear her play – and to see her named our Volunteer of the Year. Thank you! Barbara Cunningham
  11. 11. WESTMINSTER POINT PLEASANT 2018 Volunteer of the Year A lifelong leader, Betty is currently wearing three big hats in our community, to keep the community humming along. She is currently both president and treasurer on our Resident Council, when the treasurer position became vacant unexpectedly. In addition, she logs countless hours managing the Thrift and Gift Shop. Somehow she finds the time to contribute to the Echo, our resident newsletter, and in April she will begin serving as editor of that publication. In recognition of how much this is for one person to do, we want to say thanks for everything she does — now and in the future. Betty Ens
  12. 12. WESTMINSTER OAKS 2018 Volunteer of the Year George has been deeply involved in life at Westminster Oaks for more than six years, in a variety of ways. He’s probably best known as our “official photographer” to document our exciting and active lifestyle, using his own camera. Some of his work even hangs in the Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning green room. He also supports our Friendship Games, table tennis and the Audio Visual Team, and provides authentic Chinese dishes for our International Thanksgiving dinner. A dedicated volunteer who gives amply of his time and services, he has made a tremendous contribution. We can’t share our gratitude enough. William George Fong
  13. 13. WESTMINSTER SHORES 2018 Volunteer of the Year We often hear, “He can do anything!” That’s Mel to a “T”. He exemplifies the Eight Dimensions of Wellbeing through his work as a volunteer at our community and beyond, including serving as president of the Service Club and editing, writing and publishing The Edge, a resident publication at our community. He led and promoted our estate sales and raised more than $30,000 for various projects to enhance our community. He loves to help others, and can fix almost anything. For that, Westminster Shores is a better place. Thank you, Mel! Melvyn Grunthal
  14. 14. HUGH ASH MANOR 2018 Volunteer of the Year Rena got to know Hugh Ash Manor as a Good Samaritan and longtime volunteer as a member of the church next door. After many years of volunteering, she joined our community five years ago — and immediately started our program to weave mats for the homeless. Her group of residents have made and donated hundreds of mats. She has even adopted a garden on our grounds, and never fails to makes homemade soup for other residents when they aren’t feeling well. We’re so glad that, after two decades of volunteering, we can name Rena our Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations! Emma “Rena” Hirshbeel
  15. 15. WESTMINSTER WOODS ON JULINGTON CREEK 2018 Volunteer of the Year Over the last three years, Ria has dedicated more than 1,200 hours of service, primarily supporting our residents in Assisted Living. She leads a variety of activities and comes on nearly every trip, always going out of her way to visit with residents to make them feel special. A dedicated nature photographer, Ria’s work showcasing the natural setting of our community hangs on the walls and hallways of our assisted living neighborhoods. Ria’s service as a volunteer is legendary, because of the breadth and helpful spirit in which it is given. It is a joy to know her, and to recognize her! Maria “Ria” Kavran
  16. 16. WESTMINSTER PLAZA 2018 Volunteer of the Year Theo is a good-hearted person, a dedicated volunteer and an ordained minister who finds every opportunity to serve in our community. After he moved to our community two years ago, he has helped our chaplain with spiritual life in our community, and has led services himself on several occasions. Beyond the spirit, he served on our Quality First committee, helps with our bread and pastry donations, and serves outside the community to distribute food to the homeless. As a volunteer, a minister and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Theo has dedicated his life to service. Thank you for contributing to our community! Theodore McLean
  17. 17. WESTMINSTER CANTERBURY 2018 Volunteer of the Year Victor is an author and artist who had the idea of offering art classes at Westminster Canterbury to his fellow residents for the last year. He instructs them in various art techniques and helps them grow as artists. As a result of his creativity, many of our residents are now connected with new friends and their social networks have grown. Victor’s work has been featured in the Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation’s Art Show calendar and is currently on display at the Daytona Beach Art League. We’re proud to be able to showcase Victor’s work as Volunteer of the Year! Victor Miller
  18. 18. RIVERSIDE PRESBYTERIAN APARTMENTS 2018 Volunteer of the Year After four years as our librarian, Kenneth has worked hard to ensure that there are new authors and new topics available to enhance the intellectual wellbeing of our community. A pastor and former hospital chaplain, he also oversees a prayer group of residents twice a month. Recently, he even stepped in to serve as president of the Resident Council, when the current president became unable to serve. He makes the time to give rides to doctors’ appointments and helps keep our flag pole in good order. Our community is richer for Kenneth’s tireless efforts, and we are so appreciative of his service. Kenneth Olsen
  19. 19. MAGNOLIA TOWERS 2018 Volunteer of the Year Nellie is a cornerstone of our community: She plans potlucks and annual Christmas caroling events, coordinates community Bingo games, and works with the leaders of her church to hold worship events throughout the year. Recently, she began working in the food pantry and now even runs it alone, when called upon. For days leading up to the annual event, she helps organize and support our rummage sale. Nellie is a cheerleader and a constant support for her neighbors and friends. Magnolia Towers is blessed to have Nellie, and delighted she is our Volunteer of the Year. Nereida “Nellie” Perez Ruiz
  20. 20. WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST 2018 Volunteer of the Year If you can find a volunteer task that will enhance life at our community, chances are that Candy does it. She chairs our Resident Council, helped re-engineer our new residents welcome efforts, assists with our customer service initiatives, and led the restructuring of the Employee Appreciation Fund. Not content for this to be enough, she manages the Exchange Thrift Shop, performs with our theater group, writes for the Suncoast Journal, and supports our Elementary School Reading Initiative. Wherever we go, Candy helps, and our community is immensely grateful for it. Candy Porter
  21. 21. WESTMINSTER GARDENS 2018 Volunteer of the Year Our community has more than 45 healthy and happy finches, the fruits of many years of Rebecca’s hard work. We received the donation of an aviary in 2013, and a larger one in 2016, with the agreement that a resident volunteer would be responsible for it — and Rebecca has spent three to four hours a day nurturing these beautiful birds. She has also led our movie nights, resident birthday parties and exercise classes, and assists with the ElderCare lunch programs. Westminster Gardens is so fortunate to have such a caring, dedicated volunteer. Rebecca Porter
  22. 22. WESTMINSTER WINTER PARK 2018 Volunteer of the Year When you think of Mickey, you’re likely thinking of her as the community photographer. She is an award-winning photographer, it’s true — but she is also so much more! She chairs our buildings and grounds committee, calls Bingo, cooks and bakes to share with her neighbors, and even drives people to and from the airport. Very often Mickey works behind the scenes to help so many in our community, giving her time and energy to making life more interesting. She is reliable, flexible, has great communication and organizational skills, and is a person of great integrity. Congratulations! Mickey Sullivan
  23. 23. WESTMINSTER ASBURY 2018 Volunteer of the Year JoAnn takes great pride in helping others. She says it’s her responsibility to help those who need a little more support. She volunteers at the Rockledge Regional Medical Center, where she facilitates communication with patients’ families. At our community, she has been the South Building’s librarian, rotating reading material and keeping the library organized. She also helps us set up and break down for dinners, supports our Bingo games, transports residents to doctors’ appointments, and volunteers in the Thrift Shop. She was recently recognized for her volunteerism at the local hospital, and now it’s our turn to say: Thanks, JoAnn! JoAnn Ware
  24. 24. WESTMINSTER ASBURY 2018 Volunteer of the Year JoAnn takes great pride in helping others. She says it’s her responsibility to help those who need a little more support. She volunteers at the Rockledge Regional Medical Center, where she facilitates communication with patients’ families. At our community, she has been the South Building’s librarian, rotating reading material and keeping the library organized. She also helps us set up and break down for dinners, supports our Bingo games, transports residents to doctors’ appointments, and volunteers in the Thrift Shop. She was recently recognized for her volunteerism at the local hospital, and now it’s our turn to say: Thanks, JoAnn! JoAnn Ware
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