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updated: 3/21/2012 12:22 PM

Gurnee volunteers recognized for exceptional devotion

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Submitted by Gurnee Park District

Each year the Illinois Association of Park Districts allows member agencies to recognize employees, volunteers, elected officials or civic leaders who go above and beyond assisting park districts. This year the Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners and staff recognized five individuals for their outstanding efforts to help foster the mission of quality parks and programs in Gurnee.

Debbie Kowalczyk, park district site director, was recognized for her outstanding efforts in morning and afternoon C.A.R.E (Children Active in Recreational Enrichment) and camp programs.

Ginni Gianneschi, was recognized for her impact on preschool/early childhood camps, contributing to the "behind the scenes" activities.

Cindy Schmidt has been volunteering at GPD for 14 years in many coaching and volunteering capacities.

Jessie Kuruvilla has been volunteering at the park district for the past five years at summer camps and special events and is always a positive, happy and great role model.

Marie San Pedro received the Community Service Award for her work with the GPD Dance program. She puts her heart and soul into her classes. This is evident by the increasing number of requests for her as instructor.

Libby Baker, park district board president noted, "These individuals have embodied what it is to be a part of the Gurnee Park District by personifying the park district mission and vision in a way the truly defines serving others."

In all, the volunteer program at Gurnee Park District is served by over 400 volunteers annually, providing over 24,000 hours of service to sports teams, special events and projects, and day camps.

To volunteer at the Gurnee Park District, contact Linda Brogren, volunteer coordinator, at (847) 599-3755.

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