Sno-Isle Libraries to honor 38 President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients

The 2015 numbers for Sno-Isle Libraries’ volunteers are impressive:

  • 38 President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients
  • 654 total volunteers
  • 22,700 total volunteer hours

“The Sno-Isle Libraries volunteer program is an unqualified success thanks to the people who commit their time, talents and hearts to serving their communities,” Executive Director Jonalyn Wolff-Ivory said. “I’m so proud of the 38 volunteers who achieved the President’s Volunteer Service Award and all our volunteers who help across the system.”

Presidential Volunteer Service AwardsThe President’s Volunteer Service Award is a nationally recognized initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency founded in 1990. With a mission of inspiring more to answer the call to service, the agency and the award celebrate the impact volunteers can make in bettering their communities.

Congressman Rick Larsen said he supports the volunteers, their efforts and the award program.

“The contributions that volunteers make through service to our communities in Northwest Washington is invaluable,” said the 2nd District Democrat. “The hundreds of hours these volunteers have given make our libraries an even stronger community resource to encourage reading and lifelong learning. I thank these volunteers for their service and commend them on qualifying for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.”  

The award honors those who complete specified numbers of volunteer hours serving specific age groups over 12 months. Volunteers who achieve these milestones are recognized with gold-, silver- or bronze-level awards. The Sno-Isle volunteers who reached this goal will be honored during an event from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 16, at the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center.

For 2015, the 38 Sno-Isle President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients contributed a total of more than 5,400 volunteer hours. The recipients are:

Gold award

  • Anthony Le, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Shaela Niles, Oak Harbor Library

Silver award

  • Bryan Beecken, Lynnwood Library
  • Jeffrey DePue, Service Center
  • Molly Leung, Arlington Library
  • Linda Patterson, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Hedy Shiu, Lynnwood Library

Bronze award

  • Mary Aquala, Service Center
  • Frances Ball, Service Center
  • Sharon Bilbro, Snohomish Library
  • Karen Bodnar, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Mary Brown, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Elizabeth Coxen, Monroe Library
  • Lyric Crane, Snohomish Library
  • Bonnie Drake, Monroe Library
  • Michael Gantala, Monroe Library
  • Bonnie Gerken, Lynnwood Library
  • Thomas Ghebreyesus, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Suzie Gibson, Lynnwood Library
  • Justin Green, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Helen Kinsella, Coupeville Library
  • Gail Lajo, Freeland Library
  • Laura Lewis, Stanwood Library
  • Israel Maza, Lynnwood Library
  • Linda McCann, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Richard McGee, Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Patrick McGourty, Marysville Library
  • Jacquelyn Meadows, Arlington Library
  • Jean Minsky, Lynnwood Library
  • Trish Motyl-Hruby, Mill Creek Library
  • Julie Nord, Lake Stevens Library/Service Center
  • Norbu Sangpo., Mill Creek Library
  • Ryan Scheffer, Arlington Library
  • Rosie Severns, Lynnwood Library
  • David Wachob, Mukilteo Library
  • Hayley Wedler, Snohomish Library
  • Terry Wright, Stanwood Library
  • Tina Yang, Lynnwood Library

While volunteers have long played an important role with Sno-Isle Libraries, the volunteer program was formalized in 2006, resulting in an immediate jump in service hours. In 2010, Sno-Isle joined the   

President’s Volunteer Service Award as a certifying organization and 2015 was the sixth year Sno-Isle volunteers have been honored with the awards.

More information, contact:

Nancy Pursel, Volunteer Program Coordinator,, 360-651-7003

Jim Hills, Public Information Manager,, 360-651-7050