On April 21, one Grays Harbor resident and four people from Pacific County were honored at the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards ceremony in Olympia.
• Howard and Katie Auble of Raymond work as a team, supporting the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency in emergency communications, a program distributed at the event said. They are dedicated and willing volunteers, taking on extra projects such as doing home visits to assist Pacific County citizens with programming NOAA Weather Radios. They visit the Emergency Operations Center on a weekly basis to check on the amateur radio equipment and help in the testing process when new equipment is installed at the EOC and other locations throughout the county
• David Banner of Cosmopolis has been a tireless volunteer for the Senior Companion Program since November 2000. Using his computer expertise and creative skills, he develops and upgrades the Senior Companion Program’s public relations materials and recently created a website to enhance visibility.
• South Bend residents Zane Johnson and Emily Seaman currently volunteer in the South Bend School District’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program, each committing one hour per week.
Zane is a great role model and really goes above and beyond to be a positive light for his Little Brother. His Little Brother has said to Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, “Zane is the best thing that has ever happened to me.” Zane is always very patient and kind when working with his Little Brother. During their Big Brother Big Sisters meetings, Zane and his Little Brother are always sharing stories and laughs.
Emily’s Little Sister is a first grade student at South Bend Elementary. Emily and her Little Sister spend their weekly meetings laughing and having fun. Emily is incredibly kind, sweet and goofy. Her personality really brings her Little Sister out of her shell. Emily understands that her Little Sister has some difficulties in her life, but Emily does a great job making sure that she is having tons of fun when they meet.