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!
Volunteers of the Month:
The Shea Center’s honored volunteer of the month for August is Ann Pearce, who joined our volunteer team in June, 2018. Ann learned of The Shea Center from a family friend whose child had made dramatic improvements at the Center. This powerful story resonated with Ann, and she decided to become a Shea Center volunteer. Ann has enjoyed getting to know therapy horse “Alik.” She loves how clients interact with him, and she is amazed that he is such a patient animal. Ann comments, “‘Alik’ has the patience of a saint, but he also still expects to get lots of treats!” Ann’s favorite part about the therapy lessons is seeing how much the riders gain from the classes, and the joy they receive from the horse interaction. “The smile on those little faces, while they are on the horses, is just something else,” says Ann. Lesson Treatment Assistant, Danielle Cupps, remarks, “Ann is one of the hardest working volunteers I know. She is always ready to help and is such a pleasure to be around. Her fast learning abilities are untouchable. Ann is extremely positive, tenacious, and her British accent is a plus!” Ann loves The Shea Center community, and we are pleased to have her join us. And thank you to Medieval Times for providing two tickets to each of our volunteers of the month!