Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Several volunteers at the Greater Lockport Family YMCA were honored for their work, and an important supporter was remembered during the organization’s annual celebration.
More than 125 members and guests were on hand for the celebration, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Y.
“At the Y, we know that we simply couldn’t fulfill our mission without the help and support of our volunteers,’ said Executive Director Mark Albiez. “It’s why we make serving others a key to our vision and one of our most important assets and why we’ve chose to highlight the power of volunteers, staff and membership service at our annual meetings each year.”
The Y has dedicated the Experiential Learning Center at Camp Kenan in honor of Wes Arnold, a longtime Y supporter who died on Jan. 31. The building has been renamed to provide a lasting legacy, and an engraved memorial bench was added to to the camp. In addition an annual leadership scholarship will be awarded to a worthy candidate for leader or counselor in training certification.
“Wes proudly committed a lifetime of passionate, dedicated service to others,” said Albiez, “especially the youth in our community.”
Arnold joined the Lockport YMCA in 1963 and was a member of the board of directors from 1965-1988, serving as its president from 1974-1988. He was appointed to the board of trustees in 1988 and remained on the board until his death.
AAA also made a contribution in Arnold’s honor by donating pace clocks for the Y swimming pool, along with a memorial plaque for the pool, in recognition of his love of and respect for the value of swimming.
“He will truly, never be forgotten, never forsaken,” Albiez said. “His legacy shall live on for those who follow in his footsteps.”
The Membership Service Staff Award was presented to Julie Owens, who started part-time with the Fitness Center staff then graduated to member services frontline staff. Owens is celebrating 10 years of service this year.
Monica Barrett was presented the Family and Youth Services award, for giving more than 250 volunteer hours to the YMCA Child Watch Service since Sept. 2012.
The School Age Child Care Staff Recognition was presented to the Starpoint Staff team, consisting of Ben Pytlik, Alexis Rivera, Whitney Blackley, Olivia Weil, Alex Pytlik, Jon Curry and Tiffany Peirce. The staff was honored for its dedicated service to more than 25 percent of children registered in the entire school age child care program.
James Quinones was named the Teen Leader of the Year. A member of the Teen Leaders Club since 2009, Quinones was elected as an Officer At-Large before he was elevated to club historian. His service hours are approaching the 100 hour benchmark.
The Gary Lambert Memorial Award, given to the men’s league basketball player who best exemplifies the Y values of sportsmanship and Christian character, was presented to Joseph Anderson.