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Leash to be recognized for Landmark efforts

SALEM — Doug Leash of The Dalles is among some of the some of the volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized as outstanding for their hard work and achievements at the April 24 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

Leash will receive a regional Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer work with Old St. Peter’s Landmark. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. SE.

Sigrid Scully of Hood River will also receive the award for her work with Start Making A Reader Today, Foster Grandparent Program and Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Overall, the awards will honor 22 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight will be state-level awards, and 24 will be regional awards. The winners serve in areas stretching from Medford to Portland and Newport to Ontario, and places in between.

“These volunteers represent the very best of Oregon,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “They have found and filled needs in their community, using common purpose, compassion, and ingenuity to make a huge and lasting difference. I congratulate and thank them for their service.”

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased by April 17 online at www.oregonvolun teers.org/events/gva/2014.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization selected by each winner.

“Through their skilled labor and professional services, board service, or simply lending an ear and providing friendship, the honorees’ dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities,” said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis, who volunteers frequently.

Oregon Volunteer received a record 114 nominations this year, a 46 percent increase over the last awards. Volunteer engagement leaders from across the state carefully reviewed the nominations to select the winners.

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