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October 16, 2012 > Fremont/Newark YMCA announces annual award winners

Fremont/Newark YMCA announces annual award winners

Submitted By Kelly O'Lague Dulka

Volunteers, staff, board members and guests from all East Bay branches of YMCA of the will come together at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel on October 16, 2012 to honor an outstanding volunteer of the year as well as a youth of character from each branch. The Fremont/Newark YMCA is proud to honor Joanne Linzey as their Volunteer of the Year and Chesna Pokharel as its Youth of Character Award Winner.

Joanne Linzey, a retired school district teacher, has been an active health and wellness member at the Fremont Y since 2005, when the facility opened. Joanne has been a positive role model to other members with her respectful interactions during both coffee hour and while using the facility. This past year, Joanne stepped up to help recruit, plan, organize and lead a member advisory committee. Joanne's outstanding dedication and leadership amongst her peers has assisted the Y in facilitating the members' needs. We appreciate Joanne's willingness to put in a helping hand.

Chesna Pokharel is a sophomore at Irvington High School in Fremont. She was very active in our Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) during the summer. Chesna is a dedicated volunteer who helped at both our Healthy Kids Day and Kid City events, directing runners and handing out the goodie bags to our runners during our HDK event and assisting kids in our arts & crafts area at the Kid City event. Chesna has an outstanding personality, a great role model for younger campers and a positive influence at all our events.

We are very proud to honor Joanne and Chesna for their dedication to the Y and the values that they demonstrate. They remind our staff, board and members that volunteers continue to be the heart and soul of the Y and the driving force behind our mission to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

For more information about the Fremont/Newark YMCA, please call (510) 657-5200 or email fninfo@ymcaeastbay.org.

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