2012 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year
Ahmad Shahna, the official Providence Greeter, was one
of the RECenter's valuable volunteers. Having come from
Iran in 1963 with only $1,000 to his name, Ahmad took
time to "Americanize" himself and learn the
English language before entering Morgan State University
in Kentucky. Upon receiving his Bachelor's Degree in
Business Administration and Accounting, he came to
Washington D.C. and began working at the Metropolitan
Club in their accounting office. He settled in Falls
Church, married, had two children and had a long,
successful career with the Metropolitan Club.
Being a Falls Church resident and wanting to start an
exercise regime, Ahmad found Providence RECenter and
began swimming and using the fitness room. With his kind
face and easygoing manner, he made many friends and his
love affair with Providence began. In 1995, after
retiring from the Metropolitan Club, he decided to begin
volunteering and became an Administrative Assistant
volunteer and then moved into the Accounting Office.
Finally, he was given the volunteer job of
"Greeter." Every Tuesday, for 4 hours, Ahmad
could be found at the front doors of Providence smiling
and greeting all those who enter the facility. He even
used his cane to push the handicap door control to open
doors for women with strollers and others who want to
enter the building. When asked what he likes most about
volunteering at Providence, Ahmad said that he enjoys
talking to people and loves the regular members.
We all felt a little bit happier when we saw Ahmad here
on Tuesday mornings. His wonderful way with people was
not unnoticed and the staff at Providence thanks him for
all he did.
Sadly, in March Ahmad was diagnosed with pancreatic
cancer. Even though ill, he still came in every chance he
could to greet the patrons. He lost his battle with
cancer on June 13, 2012 at the age of 81. Providence
RECenter will greatly miss him.