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February 19, 2013 > Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Submitted By H.A.R.D.

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park DistrictÕs Board of Directors recognized its volunteers on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Hayward Area Senior Center. More than 400 volunteers were invited to the brunch and ceremony.

In 2012, there were 894 registered volunteers who donated in excess of 72,000 hours. Volunteers are a vital part of the District - in the aquatics, arts, camps, dance, special needs program, theatre arts, gymnastics, nature, parks, youth, sports and senior adults programs. Their dedicated volunteer service enables HARD to fulfill its mission which is to enrich the quality of life for the community by providing a variety of recreation activities, parks and facilities that promote health, wellness, learning and fun. The Volunteer of the Year is selected from the 12 Volunteers of the Month.

Dr. Rene Gandolfi, D.V.M., recognized as Volunteer of the Month in January 2012, was selected as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year. Since becoming a volunteer at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in 1987, he has logged more than 2,300 hours. Dr. Gandolfi has been instrumental in helping with the care needed by more than 100 animals that live at Sulphur Creek and the 800 injured, sick and orphaned nature wildlife that are brought in for rehabilitation each year. He has offered his veterinary skills gratis to the District, has sponsored vaccines and medications required for the resident animals during their annual exams and has been on-call for veterinary support for hundreds of wild animals. His services have also included X-rays, pathology tests, exams and even a variety of unusual surgeries.

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