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Congratulations Linda Jahns
Winner of the 2010 WVCA Professional Achievement Award

Kerry Burmeister presenting Linda Jahns with the 2010
WVCA Professional Achievement Award

Kerry Burmeister, Director, Volunteer Services, Columbia St. Mary’s Eastside Campuses submitted this nomination letter:

I would be lost without Linda Jahns. Linda is the Volunteer Coordinator at the Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus. She has been in this role for 10 years and currently has 212 volunteers that gave hours in 2009 at the Columbia Campus. Her creativity is endless. She is always looking for ways for us to “out do” the previous Volunteer Celebration Event and recognizing volunteers for their many accomplishments. She continually looks for ways to go above and beyond for our volunteers. All you have to do is stop in the office and see the warm and “fun” environment that she has established for them. Linda is greatly admired by the staff and the volunteers as she takes a genuine interest in each of them. The rapport that she has established enables each of them to feel respected, valued and cherished as if they were the only one she was working with. Linda has made a positive impact on many of the volunteers within Columbia St. Mary’s. She values each of them and connects with them on a regular basis. Her involvement in their volunteer placements
contributes to their success in their roles and her retention of these volunteers is outstanding. She looks at every situation as an opportunity to promote the wonderful work that our volunteers do and she also builds the confidence of our volunteers and user departments.

Linda takes great pride in helping fellow Volunteer Managers. She has served on many Volunteer Management Boards and in a multitude of capacities. Linda has served in probably every role for WVCA and has chaired the WVCA / WVCTI Conference planning team several times. She has also mentored other teams in conference planning over the years.

When not assisting in the executive board roles. Linda has been the driving tool in developing the WVCA web-site, directory, and the strategic planning workshops. She has also connected with resources in her community and recruited students from The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to develop the new WVCA logo and the brochure. Linda continues to be very active in both her local organization, AVM and ALIVE formally called COVVA. She has brought a wealth of knowledge, pride, and experience during each interaction. Linda’s energy and commitment to these professional organizations is commendable. She is very professional and has a lot of integrity when working with others.

Linda is always looking at ways to help others in the community. Four examples are:
• Works with the Oak Creek Lions Club to raise money for the “Leader Dog” Program. All money raised goes towards supporting a disabled visually impaired person with a seeing companion.

• Thanksgiving baskets – Every year the Volunteer Department gathers items for a family in need. Linda often is the coordinator arranging this and also a big contributor to this effort.

• She remains active with former clients and their family members that have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities by assisting them and teaching them life long skills.

Congratulations from AL!VE for your great accomplishment!

Newsletter - August 2010

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