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2011 Outstanding Volunteers

Picture of the 2011 Outstanding Volunteers

Sonoma County’s 28th Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception Event was held on May 3, 2012 to recognize all of the County’s volunteers. The County benefits from approximately 3,000 volunteers who are committed to providing services that help to support the community. For example, volunteers act as tutors and mentors to abused and neglected children and offer support to the mentally ill. There are trained volunteers who assist with the searches for lost and missing persons, as well as volunteers who respond to hazardous materials incidents. Volunteers also groom, and care for animals in the County shelter; guide visitors in County parks; assist with research; provide translation skills; and perform countless other meaningful deeds that benefit our community.

Eighteen (18) individual volunteers were identified and selected by departments and programs for which they volunteer as Outstanding Volunteers. These individuals were selected based on having contributed one or more of the following:

  • An extraordinary number of hours in a year’s period
  • A longstanding commitment to the department/program
  • An effort of exceptional quality
  • Participation in a project with wide-ranging impact
  • Something else the department considers invaluable or extraordinary

The 2011 Outstanding Volunteers were presented with an award and a gold resolution describing their exemplary services to the County of Sonoma. Members of the Board of Supervisors shared information about them and presented their award at the Volunteer Recognition Event.

Congratulations to the Sonoma County 2011 Outstanding Volunteers:

Sam Viola, Assessor-Appraiser Aide Volunteer, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor

Janet Kopshever, Community Development Commission, Housing Assistant & Administrative Assistant

Leann Mannie, Department of Health Services, Animal Care & Control, Canine Kennel Asst/Dog Walker

Tim Oxford, Department of Health Services, Public Health, Field Nursing, Secret Santa Volunteer

Tianna Law, Economic Development Board

Darrin DeCarli, Fire & Emergency Services, Fire Division, Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief

Chris Mulligan, Fire & Emergency Services, Hazardous Materials Response Team

Ken Harrison, Fire & Emergency Services, Auxiliary Communications Service, Chief Radio Officer

Janis Menicucci, Human Services, Information & Referral, 2-1-1 Program Volunteer

Earla Snow, Human Services, Valley of the Moon Children’s Center, Emergency Foster Care

Eva Tornow, Probation, Juvenile Hall, Friendly Visitor

Gary Bodwin, Regional Parks, Park Trail Monitor

Tom Reynolds, Regional Parks, Volunteer Photographer

Joan Dayton, Sheriff’s Office, Volunteers in Policing

Henry Righetti, Sheriff’s Office, Detention Division, Catholic Restorative Justice Volunteer

Dan Johnston, Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue Team

Ken Hicks, Transportation & Public Works, Airport Volunteer

Phyllis Turrill, University of California Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener

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