Breslin recognizes volunteers throughout the county | Community Spirit
County Executive Mike Breslin holding a ceremony Thursday to recognize volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts to a worthy cause.
Twelve volunteers from Albany, Delmar, Selkirk, Glenmont, and Slingerlands will be honored at 2 p.m. in the Cahill Room of the Harold L. Joyce Albany County Office Building.
Those recognized are:
- Charles Hughes, of Delmar, volunteers at the Community Hospice Inn three days a week and visits patients in their homes; he has also volunteered at Coxsackie Prison, visiting inmates in the medical unit;
- Thomas Welsh, of Delmar, provides pro bono work for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, volunteers with his therapy dog at the Albany Medical Center and is a volunteer driver with the Bethlehem Senior Project;
- Mark Thurman, of Delmar, oversees the volunteers for the Thanksgiving Day Dinner, sponsored by Equinox, for 500 needy individuals at the First Presbyterian Church in Albany;
- Raymond Sestak, of Glenmont, has volunteered over 2,280 hours as a driver for the Stratton VA Medical Center and also plans recreational activities for patients in the VA’s Psychiatric Unit;
- Bonnie Crocetta, of Selkirk, is one of the most dedicated dependable members of the Albany County Medical Reserve Corps, serving since 2006 and assisting the Albany County Department of Health at seasonal flu and immunization;
- Mary Doane, of Selkirk, is an active 16 year old at Ravena Coeymans Selkirk High School; she spearheaded the “Fairy Godmother’s Closet” project to provide prom dresses and suits for needy students; and
- George Kendall, of Slingerlands, is a volunteer driver for seniors in the Town of New Scotland; he also delivers donated food to local needy residents and plays guitar and sings for nursing home residents and senior groups.
- Andrew Harvey, of Albany, is the longtime president of the Park South Neighborhood Association and has been instrumental in bringing community participation to the Park South Urban renewal plan;
- Ellen Strait, of Albany, is a volunteer with her church’s youth ministries and at the Ronald McDonald House; she also welcomes families from other countries who have children needing heart surgery into her home through the Samaritan Purse Heart Project;
- Vincent Ozimek, of Albany, has volunteered daily at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry for 13 years and created and maintains the computer programs for the Cathedral Social Services Office;
- Grace Roznowski, of Albany, is 86 and has been a member of the Albany Medical Center Auxiliary since 1971 and has volunteered over 3,659 hours at the Children’s Hospital;
- Kathy Busch, of Albany, organizes the largest individual-run food drive for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, collecting thousands of pounds of food each year.