The Governor Honors Delaware’s Outstanding Volunteers
Twenty-four individuals and groups were honored with the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award on Oct. 25 at Dover Downs Hotel. This year's event placed a spotlight on the service people and organizations engaged in diverse activities, including mentoring children, rescuing wildlife, helping seniors and veterans, and protecting the environment.
This year's PAUL WILKINSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was presented to
Ben Fournier (pictured above) of Chadds Ford, Pa.
For 27 years, Ben Fournier has volunteered for Delaware Hospice’s grief camp for children, Camp New Hope. Ben is a professional photographer and has donated his services to capture the cheerful, soulful, silly and sad emotions that the children experience throughout the healing process of the four-day bereavement camp. In honor of his 25th year of volunteering, Ben launched a successful fundraiser that helped pay for the cost of sending nearly 100 children to camp. Two years, later, he is well into his third fundraiser and has a goal of reaching $100,000 this year. Though he arrives each year as a photographer, Ben steps in wherever he is needed. Whether he acts as a fundraiser, lunch time helper, errand-runner or a human jungle gym for a group of 6-year-olds, Ben comes to Camp New Hope ready to help.
Many other organizations and individuals were highlighted. Below is the complete list. Congratulations to all who were recognized this year!
New Castle County
Dr. Marie G. Finamore, Arts/Culture
Mary E. King, Community Service
Gerald R. Poirier, Education/Literacy
Desiree Dowling, Health & Special Needs
Elaine Vignola, Human Needs
Pastor Aaron Appling, Human Needs
Roxanne Nelson, Economic Development
Dr. Thomas Connelly, Education/Literacy
Maryanne Yingst, Environment
Dr. Nancy Feichtl, Healthy Futures
Chase A. Marvil, Social Justice/Advocacy
Scott Underkoffler, Veterans & Military Families
New Castle County
Kalmar Nyckel Volunteers, Arts/Culture
Networks Schools for Employability Skills, Economic Development
Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, Education/Literacy
Christiana Care Health System Project Connect Volunteers, Health & Special Needs
Moving for Melanoma, Healthy Futures
DonDel Theatre Company, Community Service
Friends of Killens Pond State Park, Environment
Greater Lewes Community Village, Human Needs
Ocean View Police Volunteers, Public Safety
Clothing Our Kids, Social Justice/Advocacy
Operation SEAS the Day, Veterans & Military Families
For more information on the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award can be found at https://news.delaware.gov/2017/09/28/governor-announces-delawares-outstanding-volunteers-24-recipients-will-honored-oct-25-dover-ceremony/