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Fairfax Park Authority lauds exceptional volunteers

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A total of 21 local residents will be honored with the 2022 Elly Doyle Park Service Awards, saluting their efforts in support of Fairfax County Park Authority facilities and programs.

“Volunteers are at the core of the agency’s ability to provide excellent service to millions of visitors each year,” Park Authority officials said. “Approximately 4,000 volunteers give of their time and talent annually and take on a multitude of tasks.”

Honorees and their efforts include:

• Ana Alatrash, for volunteering at Spring Hill RECenter with one year of service.

• Dave Barnard for serving at Cub Run, Lee and Oak Marr RECenters over the past 4.5 years as an adapted-aquatics assistant.

• Ava Belmont for serving as a front-desk associate at Mount Vernon RECenter for five years.

• William Doud for serving as play manager at Twin Lakes Golf Course for four years.

• Dan Dyke for serving at Colvin Run Mill as mill docent, Friends of Colvin Run Mill president and miller’s assistant and having volunteered for five years.

• Elizabeth Etherton for volunteering for five years at Frying Pan Farm Park as garden coordinator.

• Alan Figgatt for having been the volunteer on duty at Turner Farm Park Observatory for 19 years.

• Gioia Forman for having been a special-events coordinator at Green Spring Gardens for five years.

• David Gorsline for serving at Huntley Meadows Park for 29 years as duck-nest-box coordinator.

• Janet Jaeger for serving at Lee District RECenter for five years as front-desk associate.

• Susan Jones for volunteering at South RECenter Center for 24 years as front-desk associate.

• Brian Keith for volunteering at Sully Historic Site for 3.5 years as trail volunteer, teaching docent and supporting special events.

• Owen Krzos, a volunteer naturalist at Hidden Pond for 2.5 years.

• Kristine Lansing for serving at Riverbend Park for five years as bird walk and wildflower monitor.

• Jerry Lopynski for serving as store volunteer at Frying Pan Farm Park for one year.

• Mike Messman for volunteering as golf-course-maintenance at Greendale Golf Course for five years.

• Kim Nguyen for volunteering at Cub Run RECenter for one year.

• Brenda Pryor for volunteering at Providence RECenter as the front-desk volunteer for one year.

• Beverley Rivera for serving as IMA site leader at Lake Accotink Park for four years.

• Alice Schipf for serving at Oak Marr RECenter for two years as landscaping assistant.

• Mary Beth Smith for volunteering at Audrey Moore RECenter as front-desk associate, where she has served for three years.
All volunteers will be feted at the Elly Doyle Park Service Awards program in November.

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