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:
Congratulations to Matisse C., The Shea Center’s volunteer of the month for October! Although, Matisse has been at the Center for just a few months, she has years of horse experience and six years of experience at a therapeutic riding center. After hearing about the activities at The Shea Center from a family friend and current staff member, Matisse felt the Center would be a perfect fit for her, and it is! She loves meeting new people and enjoys the teaching aspect of working with new volunteers in the barn and in lessons. In lessons, Matisse is very flexible and willing to work wherever she is needed. She quickly offers help and never thinks twice about assisting staff and volunteers. It pleases Matisse to see how happy the clients are while they are riding. She enjoys watching them accomplish their goals and improve right before her eyes. At the barn, Matisse loves spending time with the horses and is an incredible asset to the lesson treatment assistants. When it is time to pull horse tack, she can be counted on to pull the tack correctly and efficiently, which helps the barn run smoothly and the lessons start on time. Lesson treatment assistant, Caitlyn Turner, says, “When I am down at the barn, I know I can rely on Matisse to get my horses ready quickly. She asks questions to make sure she is the best volunteer she can be. In lessons, Matisse is ready and willing to assist in any way, and I am immensely appreciative of her help.” Thank you, Matisse, for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to The Shea Center! And thank you to Medieval Times for providing two tickets to each of our volunteers of the month!