Northwest NEWS

May 25, 1998

Local News

YMCA volunteers of the year


YMCA of Greater Seattle Honors Volunteers of the Year. Pictured are (l-r) Mary Heacock, Bob Russell, Jennifer Sumption and Brad Norton"

  The YMCA of Greater Seattle honored their "Volunteers of the Year" at the annual meeting. Northshore volunteers who were honored were: Bob Russell, of the Northshore YMCA, who has been a board member since 1991, serving as chair for the 1997-1998 board year. He previously served as vice-chair and has been a member of the Finance, Building and Grounds and Board Development committees. Bob has also been an active Partners With Youth Campaign volunteer, serving in nearly every role in that structure--campaigner, team captain, Chair's Round Table vice-chair and chair.
   Brad Norton, has been an active fundraiser for the YMCA and was a Y campaigner in 1990, in the major gifts division. Brad has worked on the Chair's Round Table every year since. He also chaired a team in the leadership section of Northshore's capital drive and a special fundraising effort to assist in the construction of the child care house. Personally, Brad has raised more than $18,000 for the YMCA in the last two years.
   Mary Heacock has volunteered for a year in the fitness and member service area at Northshore. She averages 10 hours per week, offering fitness training and working in the FitSTART program. Mary provides inspiration to individuals who are physically challenged as she deals with her own challenge of multiple sclerosis.
   Jennifer Sumption, a student at Inglemore High School in Bothell, is enrolled in the "Careers With Children" class. To complement her studies in this class, she volunteered her time and skills at the Northshore YMCA Child Care House, four days a week during the 1996-97 school year. When asked what she most enjoys about working with children, Jennifer replied, "There is nothing like the feeling you get when you know you have made a difference in a child's life that will result in their life being a little easier or more enjoyable."