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Fairfax MRC Honors Volunteers

MRC: Celebrating Volunteers
On April 10, 2014, Fairfax County Health Department staff and MRC volunteers gathered for a night of awards and team building at the first annual Volunteer Appreciation Event to honor MRC volunteers for their service, time and dedication.

The volunteers were recognized, in part, for donating 2,724 hours of service in 2013. Volunteers supported five different local and regional exercises, acting as victims and staffing a closed Point of Dispensing (POD) site and the agency call center. Fairfax MRC volunteers also supported the 57th Presidential Inauguration by staffing first aid tents. A number of volunteers served in a variety of medical and non-medical roles during the Health Department’s response to a large-scale tuberculosis investigation at Robert E. Lee High School. And, volunteers participated in numerous trainings and notification drills throughout 2013 to ensure their operational readiness.

The theme of the awards event was "Volunteers, the Essential Piece." Volunteers participated in an Incident Command Systems training activity in which they created a POD site organizational chart puzzle. Additionally, each participant was invited to decorate blank puzzle pieces to create a picture that commemorated the evening.

The evening concluded with an awards ceremony that recognized Fairfax MRC volunteers for their years of service, participation and commitment. Awards included the 1, 3, 5 and 10 Years of Service pins to volunteers who reached these milestones. Volunteers who responded to the Lee High School Tuberculosis Investigation were awarded the 2013 TB Response pin.The most active Fairfax MRC volunteers, who have participated in five or more activities in 2013, were awarded the Beyond the Call pin.

Tooran Shadmand accepts the 2014 Champion award.This year, Fairfax MRC introduced three new distinguished awards for volunteers who made an impact on their fellow volunteers, the Fairfax County Health Department and the county through their service:

The Fairfax MRC Champion Award recognizes volunteers who model leadership and commitment to the MRC program. Recipients are nominated by their fellow volunteers. The 2014 recipient, Tooran Shadmand, volunteered for more than 30 different activities with the program since she joined in 2004, exhibiting integrity, respect, teamwork and mentoring fellow volunteers. During her 10 year tenure, Shadmand demonstrated dedication by being among the first to volunteer to meet the Health Department's needs—always with a kind word and smile.

Charlies "Rod" Bubeck is the recipient of both the Fairfax MRC Service Award and the Fairfax MRC Volunteer of the Year AwardCharles "Rod" Bubeck received the Fairfax MRC Service Award, which is presented to the volunteer who has dedicated more hours in the past calendar year than any other volunteer to the Fairfax MRC. Bubeck set a high standard for service, demonstrated a continued commitment to the Fairfax MRC and inspired fellow volunteers to make service a central part of their lives. In 2013, Bubeck contributed almost 300 hours in service to Fairfax MRC that included multiple projects for the MRC program office, participation in 6 drills and exercises and the Lee High School Tuberculosis Investigation.

Our highest honor, the Fairfax MRC Volunteer of the Year Award, also was presented to Rod Bubeck for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the Fairfax MRC. Nominated and chosen by Fairfax County Health Department staff, the Volunteer of the Year completed at least three years of service with Fairfax MRC and continually served the program with excellence to fulfill the mission of Fairfax MRC. Bubeck led by example while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and was an inspiration to his fellow volunteers. Bubeck has exhibited dedication to the Fairfax MRC program with almost unending energy and unparalleled leadership.

We are already looking forward to the 2015 event, which we anticipate will be held once again during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Awards from this year's event will be mailed to those who were unable to attend.

Read the full April 2014 newsletter. (View the full list of awards recipients on page 3 of this newsletter.)

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