City of Vancouver recognizes volunteers

Volunteers recognized with trees planted in their honor

VANCOUVER — On March 9, the city of Vancouver recognized nine exceptional community volunteers by planting trees in their honor at the Volunteer Grove located inside Centerpointe Park on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard at Pacific Way in the Ogden neighborhood.

Volunteer Grove 2019 honorees are shown here. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver
Volunteer Grove 2019 honorees are shown here. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver

Now in its second year, the city established the Volunteer Grove in order to recognize volunteers who have made especially generous service contributions to the city of Vancouver’s volunteer programs and events.  

“The trees that are planted act as a continuing reminder of the lasting impact citizen service has on our community,” said Vancouver’s Volunteer Coordinator Hailey Heath. “We hope the public will visit the park, enjoy the shade of the new trees, and celebrate volunteerism in our community!”  

This year’s honorees are:

  • Jean Kent
  • Friends of Hearthwood Adopt-A-Park
  • Bob Kennedy
  • Jeff Kessenich
  • Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s 50+ Travel Program trip planners (Bev Schubert and Arlys Borjesson)
  • Esther Schrader
  • Michael Harrison
  • Holly Williams
  • Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Forever Young Hikers program volunteers (Steve Bergman, Valerie Deming, Geoff Fowler, Judy Fowles, Greg Glass, Lloyd Goodlett, Larry Hansen, John Harris, Mary Jo Hoffman, Linda  Jacobus, Doug Martel, Kathi Pickett, Duke Silva, Billie Shank and Katie Brooks)

Nominations for this award can be submitted online at any time during the year. Recipients are announced and trees are planted each March.  To learn more about the grove and this year’s recipients, visit

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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