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Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - November 9, 2012

YMCA honors Volunteer of the Year

Pleasanton residents take Tri-Valley honors

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Three Pleasanton residents were among the volunteers celebrated by the YMCA of the East Bay recently at its 133rd annual meeting and volunteer recognition ceremony.

"Without volunteer support, the Y would not have the resources to nurture and develop youth, promote healthy living, and support our neighbors each and every day," said Robert A. Wilkins, President and CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay.

The 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Tri-Valley went to Pleasanton residents Joyce and Bob Shapiro, who were described as committed board members who go above and beyond to move the Y mission forward.

"They are strong supporters of our programs and the members who participate," according to a press release. "From serving hot dogs at the annual Y-Camp skit night to pricing merchandise for the Youth and Government rummage sale to meeting with the superintendent of schools to inform her of the impact of Y Programs, Bob and Joyce are always tireless advocates for the Tri-Valley YMCA."

The 2012 Youth of Character Award recipient from the Tri-Valley is Pleasanton's Gabbie Syed, who first became involved with the Tri-Valley YMCA four years ago as a camper.

"Not only does she help lead activities and assembly, but she also makes sure that every camper has a great summer. As a delegate in Youth and Government, she has shown that she is supportive of her peers, dedicated to the program, and one of the most passionate, intelligent and positive people in the program," according to the press release. "In her first year as a delegate, she co-wrote a bill, received an appointed position in Sacramento, and helped with every fundraiser."

More than 170 people attended the event, which lauded just a few of the East Bay Y's many outstanding volunteers from communities such as Richmond and West Contra Costa, downtown Oakland, Castro Valley, Hayward, Dublin, Fremont and Newark as well as its camps in Livermore and San Mateo and Humboldt counties.

Larry Taylor, a volunteer for many years at Camp Loma Mar, the Y of the East Bay's summer camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was inducted into the Y's Hall of Achievement and awarded this year's Lifetime Achievement for Service Award.

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