Dominion Honors 12 as Volunteers of the Year
RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion, one of the nation’s largest energy producers that supplies electricity or natural gas to more than 5 million customers, recently honored 12 employees as Volunteers of the Year for 2006, recognizing their longstanding service to others and commitment to their communities.
Coming from six states, the honorees represent the company’s 23-year history of supporting volunteerism among members of its work force. The Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, donates $1,000 to charitable organizations chosen by each award recipient.
The honorees were:
* Mark Barnes, Dominion Delivery, Akron, Ohio. Through many years of coaching basketball, baseball and soccer, Barnes instills self-confidence, responsibility and teamwork in children.
* Dianne Dean, Dominion Resources Services, Richmond, Va. Dean has raised more than $60,000 for the Diabetes Foundation and has devoted nearly 800 volunteer hours to the organization.
* Mark Gelinas, Dominion Generation, Waterford, Conn. Gelinas is a long-time student mentor and serves on the board of the Waterford Youth Services Bureau. He also volunteers as a boating safety instructor to the general public.
* Tori Guthrie, Dominion Resources Services, Richmond. Guthrie volunteers as a counselor for Camp Comfort Zone, befriending children who have lost a parent. She also serves as a mentor and tutor to refugee children from Bosnia, Congo and Afghanistan.
* Trey Hart, Dominion Delivery, Richmond. For the past decade, Hart has volunteered for the Tri-Cities Workcamp, an organization that repairs homes in impoverished areas. He works with youth of area Catholic churches teaching them home repair skills and religious studies.
* Bobby Johnson, Dominion Delivery, Suffolk, Va. Johnson knows how to build a house from the ground up. He has contributed those skills and countless volunteer time to his community by helping to build outdoor classrooms, wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and osprey nest platforms.
* Johnny Overacre, Dominion Generation, Clover, Va. Overacre has devoted more than 30 years of service to local volunteer fire and rescue departments. He currently serves at least 20 hours each week as a firefighter and emergency medical technician.
* Bob Pastorik, Dominion Energy, Clarksburg, W.Va. For 14 years, Pastorik has served as a board member for Genesis Youth Crisis Center and the Alta Vista Children’s Shelter, which provides emergency services for mistreated children. The shelter has helped more than 1,000 children ages 5-12.
* Bev Robinson, Dominion Generation, Glen Allen, Va. Robinson has inspired Dominion employees to help support soldiers overseas. She organized a drive that sent 700 care packages to troops serving in Iraq.
* Gloria Smith, Dominion Generation, Mount Storm, W.Va. Smith uses her skills to help improve the health and well-being of her neighbors in the rural and underserved areas of West Virginia. She also volunteers for the environment by assisting in the creation of conservation and preservation programs that promotes environmental stewardship.
* Danita Testerman, Dominion Exploration & Production, Oklahoma City, Okla. Testerman’s leadership in Chili Cook-offs has netted more than $11,000 for victims of Hurricane Katrina and $9,000 for a local school. As a member of the Oklahoma Assistive Technical Foundation board, she helps administer federal and state funds that are loaned to people who cannot qualify through normal banking channels to purchase hearing aids, wheelchair lifts and other equipment.
* Emerson White, Dominion Energy, Delmont, Pa. When White rides a bicycle, he raises money. His fundraising efforts have generated more than $60,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, including $12,840 in 2006 alone. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Diabetes Foundation and Habitat for Humanity have also benefited from White’s cycling events.
“The term ‘everyday hero’ is a blend of the ordinary and the exceptional,” noted Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “But, there is nothing ordinary about people who give tirelessly of themselves to serve others – and do so not for pay or recognition but from a heartfelt desire to help. On behalf of Dominion, I salute the energy, passion and commitment of these everyday heroes.”
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