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2010 Impact Awards

April 26, 2010

Winners of this year’s Impact Awards were acknowledged at an awards ceremony and reception on Monday, April 12.

2010 Award Recipients

Emerging Leader Award: Lisa Koenig
Lisa is being recognized for her outstanding work with The Bridge Youth and Family Services and the Baan Jing Jai Orphanage in Pattaya, Thailand. The Award recognizes young volunteers who are destined to make a difference in the community and the nonprofit sector in the future. Read and watch Lisa’s story here.

Community Champion Award: Ann Marie Nordby
Ann Marie is being recognized for her unique ability to support Women In Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) through organizing fashion shows to promote their resale shop. The award recognizes volunteers who consistently make a difference through innovative volunteer roles. Read and watch Ann Marie’s story here.

Karleen Suhrbier:RSVP Lead with Experience Award
Karleen is being recognized for her vital role in supporting the volunteer program at Hanover Township Senior Center. The award recognizes RSVP volunteers that consistently use their experience and leadership skills to make a difference. Read and watch Karleen’s story here.

Christine Stepelton:Committee’s Award for Inspirational Achievement
Karleen is being recognized for her ability to overcome disability while working as a volunteer at Passages Hospice. Awarded by the selection committee, this award recognizes an individual whose example inspires others to make a difference in the community.Read Christine’s story here.

LeasePlan: Team Impact Award
The LeasePlan Cares Committee is being recognized for their ongoing dedication to Shelter, Inc. The award recognizes a team or group who identified a need and made a demonstrated impact on the community. Read and watch their story here.

Palatine Emergency Response Agency (PEMA): Volunteer Program of the Year Award
Tom Smith of the PEMA program is being recognized for his outstanding ability to engage volunteers on an ongoing basis. Awarded by TVC, this award recognizes volunteer programs for outstanding achievement in utilizing volunteers to address a community need. Read and watch their story here.

Zurich NA: Community Partner Award
Zurich is being recognized for its ongoing commitment to volunteering and its support of organizations in the community. Awarded by TVC, it recognizes companies, agencies, and individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community organizations. Read their story here.

Impact Awards Finalists
We would like to thank everyone who nominated a volunteer or was nominated for this year’s awards. Award finalists for this year included:

Bruce Cruz, Arlington Heights Senior Center
Helene Detzner, Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care
Myrtle Klebe, Des Plaines Community Senior Center
Jean Kohmstedt, Elk Grove Park District Sheila Ray Adult Center
Lynne Leonard, Twp Dist. 214 Community Education Read to Learn Adult Literacy/Volunteer
Robyn Mendelsohn, The Bridge Yourh & Family Services
Peter Ninchich, Teen Justice & Service
Liliana Olalde, Marklund
Kathy Pfleeger, Escorted Transportation Service Northwest
George Webster, Marklund
Positive Action Group, Leaseplan & Shelter, Inc.


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