Ann Thomas named Wake Forest 2014 Guest Services Volunteer of the Year

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Ann Thomas is the recipient of the Town of Wake Forest’s 2014 Michealle Bozman-Barton Guest Services Volunteer of the Year award.

Jannie Chaffin, a member of the Guest Services Volunteer Committee, made the announcement during the town’s fourth annual Guest Services Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre last month.

In presenting the award, Chaffin acknowledged Thomas’ “volunteer spirit,” along with her willingness to volunteer during the “lunch shift,” which is typically town hall’s most hectic time of day. Chaffin also recognized Thomas’ contribution of nearly 400 volunteer hours since the program’s inception in 2010.

The award is named in honor of Michealle Bozman-Barton, who was instrumental in establishing the town’s guest services program in 2010 and continues to serve as the program’s volunteer coordinator. Among their responsibilities, guest services volunteers welcome and greet visitors to town hall, direct individuals to appropriate offices and answer general questions.

In 2013, town hall’s 26 guest services volunteers contributed 1,469 hours of service. During the first quarter of 2014, participants donated 457 service hours.

Approximately 50 volunteers and Wake Forest staff attended the luncheon, which included remarks by Mayor Vivian Jones and Town Manager Mark Williams. The event was scheduled as part of National Volunteer Week April 6-12, billed as “a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.”

Previous winners of the Michealle Bozman-Barton Guest Services Volunteer of the Year award include Rosa Miller-Boykin (2011), Rob Rooney (2012) and Carolyn Cort Griffin (2013).