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:
The Shea Center’s volunteer of the month, Denise Whishney, was named the 2018 Blue Angler Woman of the Year. Denise is a professional fisherwoman. She and her husband, Peter, have traveled the world from the British Virgin Islands to Venezuela and Costa Rica fishing and winning awards. She has also won Female Angler and Overall Angler of the Year. Denise remarks, “Winning is great, but the fishing has all been pure fun and I am extremely passionate about it.” Since she was young, Denise has loved being around horses. After learning about The Shea Center, she decided to become a volunteer. She has taken a particular liking to “Champ” because of his rodeo background and the fact that she likes the way he looks! On Friday afternoons, Denise can be found working as a horse leader or helping in the barn. She eagerly learns new information and is quick to help set up the arenas or pull tack. Instructor Caitlyn Turner comments, “Denise is great with the clients and horses. She’s a fun- loving person with a great attitude. She is always smiling and I look forward to hearing about her amazing fishing adventures.” Congratulations and thank you, Denise! We appreciate your commitment and dedication to our clients and horses. And thank you to Medieval Times for providing two tickets to each of our volunteers of the month!