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You are here: Home Resources E-Newsletter Archive Winter 2009, Issue V An End of Summer Celebration with Journeys

An End of Summer Celebration with Journeys

Nevada McNamara, Journeys 2009 - 2010 Americorps Volunteer, shares the story of a wonderful Journeys Celebration and the awarding of the first ever "Stan Crow Outstanding Service Award" to Edith Kusnic who has been volunteering and working with Journeys since the 1990's.

By Nevada McNamara, 2009-10 Americorps Volunteer

During the celebration, I had a chance to be welcomed to Journeys by many of the board and volunteers.  During part of the ceremonies, the Journeys staff presented a small gift to one volunteer, Brent Stuart, who had contributed time and energy far above and beyond what Journeys could have expected anyone would give; to recognize the time he gave to Journeys, and thus to everyone who participated in Journeys programs, he was to be presented with a gift certificate.  There was one problem, however: he wasn’t able to make it.  Yet even though he couldn’t come to the cookout and picnic (the fun part), he had called to say he would be there for the cleanup.  Stories like these demonstrated to me from the beginning just how much Journeys is a community effort.

Edith has been leading rites of passage with Journeys since the 1990s, and has been instrumental in developing the Coming of Age for Communities curriculum as well as the Stepping into Elderhood program.  She also happens to raised (and brought into the world) Darcy Ottey, Journeys’ current Executive Director.  To honor her work and the tremendous positive impact she has had on others’ lives, Journeys presented her with the gift of a beautifully patterned Pendleton blanket.

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