Adult Volunteer of the Year:
Jennifer is one of our advanced volunteers and loves to mentor new volunteers just learning the ropes. She explains things in a simple way that the volunteers appreciate when learning about the all items in the large tack rooms. Jennifer is a loyal volunteer who is flexible and willing to go above and beyond to help..
Youth Volunteer of the Year:
Matthew has been a dependable and consistent Friday volunteer since December of 2015. Erin O’Mahony, PT, DPT works with Matthew weekly and has this to say, “Matthew is such a valuable part of our therapy team! He arrives at The Shea Center with a huge smile every week, ready to work hard and contribute all he can to the therapy sessions. He is fun, engaging, creative, and personable with our clients, and is a huge help and asset. Matthew comes in early on busy Fridays to provide extra help, which we greatly appreciate. Thank you for everything you do Matthew; we appreciate your volunteerism and time here at The Shea Center.
Rookie Volunteer of the Year:
Mark is part of our hard working grooming team and makes sure our horses look their best for our clients. In the short time he has been here, Mark has been through leader training, and you may even find him driving the tractor. We could not be more thankful to have Mark on our team and greatly appreciate his work ethic and diligence. Thank you for all that you do Mark!
Volunteer of the Month:
Greg Talbott is The Shea Center’s new Volunteer of the Month! In his short time at The Shea Center, Greg has thrown himself into helping with rider lessons. In the roles of leader and sidewalker, he displays a clear passion for both the horses and the clients. He enjoys working with the riders and being a part of a team that combines their talents to create the best possible experience for each client. Greg says, “Working with both the staff and volunteers has been amazing; everyone continues to exceed my expectations.” Greg learned about The Shea Center when he came to pick up his granddaughter from her volunteering shift at the Center. She always had a huge smile on her face and clearly enjoyed her role of doing chores around the barn and spending time with the horses. Greg quickly noticed the joyful environment at the Center and became a volunteer with us six months ago. His kind demeanor and eagerness to learn is greatly appreciated, both at the barn and in the arena. Greg’s favorite horse is “Maggie Rose.” He adores her. Greg works with her often as her leader and describes “Maggie Rose” as kindhearted with a hardworking spirit. Lesson treatment assistant, Madison Hicks, says, “Greg is extremely caring about the horses and the clients. He is always willing to help wherever he is needed, and he goes all out for the kids.” During the last week of this riding session before the holiday break, Greg wore his Santa hat in all of his lessons putting smiles on the riders’ faces. Volunteers are a crucial part of The Shea Center team, and we are fortunate that Greg is devoted to being an active and caring team member. He says he hopes to spend many years to come at the Center watching it grow and prosper. Thank you, Greg, for your hard work and dedication to The Shea Center. We are pleased to have you as a vital member of our team. And thank you to Medieval Times for providing two tickets to each of our volunteers of the month!