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The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

The awards program was created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, and recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Currently, the program is administered by the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and the Office of Governor Roy Cooper.  Volunteers nominated from the County are eligible to win the award; a maximum of 10 volunteers per County are bestowed the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award each year. One of the ten volunteers recommended by the County receives an endorsement to be a candidate for the Governor’s Medallion Award; the top 20 volunteers in the State will be bestowed this additional honor the Governor’s Medallion Award.

How to Nominate a Volunteer

2023 Nominations are being accepted 11/28/22 through 1/31/2023

If you/your organization would like to nominate a volunteer for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award CLICK HERE to access the online nomination form or a downloadable form. Please contact Leslie Stanley, Brunswick County Non-Profit & Volunteer Coordinator/Local Designated Coordinator, for more information at 910-253-2589 or Forms completed online will be sent to Mrs. Stanley automatically. Downloadable forms should be completed, scanned, and emailed to Mrs. Stanley. Or, to mail a completed nomination form, please send it to Leslie Stanley’s attention at  Brunswick County Emergency Services, P.O Box 249, Bolivia, NC 28422. The deadline for 2023 nominations is midnight on January 31, 2023.

2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Nomination Printable Form

2022 Brunswick County Awards Announced

The Brunswick County Non-Profit & Volunteer Coordinator has been informed that the following 10 residents have received the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award (in no particular order):

  • Barbara Morris: Nomination received from Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. and noted that “…she is eager and ready to serve. Barbara is the volunteer backbone of our kitchen. Without her, our Meals on Wheels could not be nearly as successful and our job of coordinating nutritious meals to needy senior citizens would be more difficult. Barbara’s compassion to serve and her most generous gift of time and effort epitomizes the spirit of volunteerism.”
  • BC Band of Brothers: Nomination received from Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) and states that this team “…selflessly dedicates each Tuesday and Thursday of every week to working with WARM, making home repairs for low-income homeowners in need, many of whom are elderly, disabled, and/or veterans. These repairs keep homeowners safer and healthier so that they are able to age in place for many years to come. The BC Band of Brothers is dedicated to preserving affordable housing in Brunswick County! They enjoy each other’s camaraderie, learn from each other, and love the challenges they encounter each week.”
  • Mary Pat Lynch: Nomination received from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and includes that “…Mary Pat has stepped up with courage, compassion and demonstrated a strong commitment to teamwork during this past pandemic year. Mary Pat has used her artistic and creative skills to add unexpected, delightful moments into the hospital stay for so many patients in our community.”
  • Maureen Meisen: Nomination received from Brunswick County Emergency Services and noted that “…Mrs. Meisen was always patient and professional with an infectiously positive attitude. She was willing to do whatever needed to be done; did not shy away from any task and was a great multi-tasker. Not only are her efforts and work truly appreciated but her kindness and humility are too.”
  • Mabell DeShields: Nomination received from Sunset Harbor Zion Hill Volunteer Fire Department and in part, included “…always willing to help as needed; all we have to do is ask. Mabell exemplifies the definition of outstanding service and life-long volunteerism. She is still quite active with her volunteer work and is very deserving of this award.”
  • John Bronneck: Nomination received from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and in part, states “…without the dedication of Mr. Bronneck, our agency and citizens would not be provided the higher level of service we are able to. We appreciated the dedication that Mr. Bronneck has put forth and we are proud that he has chosen this agency to give of his time. He is nominated for his exemplary performance and being a prominent asset to the Volunteer Services Program since 2014.”
  • Paulette Johnson: Nomination received from Brunswick County Emergency Services and includes that “…more than the work she completed accurately and with dedication, was her infectious and fun-loving spirit that she brought to the team every day. Ms. Johnson expressed a willingness to serve in any capacity needed and is an asset during critical events.”
  • Celeste McConnell: Nomination received on behalf of her service as an Emergency Response Chaplain and states that “…has more than dedicated her life to helping others. Mrs. McConnell has become a staple in our community and people know that they can call on her in their time of need.”
  • Albert Plant: Nomination received from Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. and notes that “…Al has worked tirelessly in the Supply Senior Center kitchen Monday-Friday throughout the past year assisting with meal preparations to feed our homebound seniors through our Meals on Wheels Program. One of the most devoted and kind volunteers we have had the pleasure of working with. Wish we had 100 Al’s but are so very grateful for our one and only.”
  • Cindy Carver*: Nomination from Brunswick County Emergency Services on behalf of Emergency Services, Health Services, and Veteran’s Services the nomination accolades include that “…no complaints from Cindy – ever. Cindy was completely reliable and she showed up every shift at the vaccine clinics and even picked up extra shifts and sought out additional opportunities to serve. Mrs. Carver could truly be the poster child for volunteerism and she continues to volunteer selflessly, faithfully, and joyfully.” (*Governor’s Medallion Award Winner)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thank you to everyone in Brunswick County who volunteers their time and talents; you are all appreciated!

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