2014 Volunteer Award Winners

In mid-May, we recognized our 2014 Volunteer Award winners at our Community Impact Celebration. The award winners are:

Promise Of One (formerly Cameo) Award
Kathi Malone

As a Board Member and as Grants Committee Chair, Kathi has been a model of active engagement and commitment in all aspects of Komen Puget Sound. In the past five years, she has contributed hundreds of hours and worked tirelessly to guide the community needs assessment process for two Community Profile Reports, providing a thorough, accurate and up-to-date profile of the breast cancer burden and disparities in our service region. She has also provided thoughtful guidance and recommendations to improve our grants application and review process.

CJ Taylor (Jill Ireland) Award
Hannah Kimball

Hannah has been faithful to our affiliate through national controversy, staff changes and her own return to work. Not only has she taken on our employee matching program, she’s a great ambassador. Hannah champions our cause at corporate charity fairs, non-profit health fairs and diverse community events. She serves as a great example for all our volunteers while truly keeping the focus on the Komen promise.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Jackie Medjo

Jackie has been a faithful volunteer over so many years and truly has become one of our team members. Not only does she come in every week to help wherever she can, Jackie also takes on the daunting job of organizing all of our supplies and equipment for Race and getting everything where it needs to be on Race Day. Her passion for our mission is especially apparent on her face as she stand at the finish line congratulating her sister breast cancer survivors. Jackie is an example of selfless service to other volunteers and staff alike.

Community Service Award
Daljit Grewal, Sikh Temple

We honor Daljit’s efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer among the Sikh community by coordinating screening and outreach events. She has been diligent in encouraging enrollment into the state BCCHP program and following up with Sikh women to help them understand the enrollment and screening processes, answering any questions they might have. Daljit’s commitment to a partnership between Komen and the Sikh Centre of Seattle was especially apparent at the 2014 Race for the Cure, when the Gurudwara facilitated a Race team of more than 300 people.

Outstanding Media Partner Award
Brooke Fox

We are so thankful for Brooke’s tireless advocacy with our affiliate, serving as emcee and speaker at our events, and, along with her partner Jubal at Movin’, she’s formed her own Race team and promoted Komen’s work in public service announcements and on the airwaves. Brooke’s connection with our supporters, understanding of our cause and the fight against breast cancer, sense of humor and boundless energy make her an invaluable asset to Komen Puget Sound.

Outstanding Volunteer Group
Sam’s Club volunteers

Sam’s Club provides dozens of helpers every year for Race for the Cure. The Sam’s club staff pitches in wherever they’re needed – from making phone calls to driving forklifts. Volunteer Derek Curtis sits on our Race Committee, and Brian Merritt is our liaison with Sam’s Club; both are a delight to work with. We are so thankful for our partnership with Sam’s Club and its employees!

Outstanding Individual Volunteer
Giselle Zapata-García

Giselle is valued for her help in many capacities, as a great advocate for health access among communities of color, as a grants reviewer, and, through her employer Molina Health, as sponsor of many health fairs and community events, including Komen’s Power of a Promise Luncheon in Seattle for two consecutive years. Giselle is continually promoting our values and mission. Her willingness to use her talents and activism to further Komen’s work without any thought of reciprocation is appreciated more than she knows.

Outstanding New Volunteer
Susan Grasdahl

Susan is a huge asset to Komen Puget Sound. She never hesitates to take on anything she feels will further our mission. Susan is upbeat and enthusiastic and an example to all of the volunteers she works with. We are all both thrilled and astounded that she took on the role of Race for the Cure Co-Chair after being with us such a short time. We literally can’t imagine where we’d be without her dedication and leadership.