The Volunteer of the Year for 2010 is John Sunde. The Volunteer of the Year Dinner was held on April 16, 2011 at the Country Inn and Suites. Pictures are posted below.
John Sunde joined the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) over ten years ago. For the past three years, John has been the administrator, and has worked tirelessly to improve the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch RSVP unit. He has been among the top twenty-five in San Diego County for volunteer hours for the past three years. Under his leadership and effort, this unit has overcome many challenges, and its membership has increased markedly. John enjoys fingerprinting children at the Mira Mesa Street Fair and dressing up as McGruff, the crime dog, to teach children about safety. He also participated in and provided security patrol for the Fourth of July Parade. John and his wife Joyce have a heart for our young people and have made generous donations to the teen Epicentre. Their donations were used to purchase materials and equipment to fix the fence and to purchase a lengthy hose to water plants and flowers. John routinely helps to maintain the landscape around the center and the police storefront. Furthermore, John joined a group of dedicated volunteers who go around our community on the weekends painting walls and fences that have been tagged with graffiti. In addition to RSVP, John has volunteered for the VA hospital in La Jolla as a driver, transporting patients to and from their homes and the hospital. When John is off from RSVP duties, he volunteers at the USS Midway Museum as a docent and has already donated over two thousand (2,000) hours. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, he is downtown helping the Salvation Army at Golden Hall feed the homeless, lonely and those that can’t afford the holiday meals.
Pictures from the Volunteer of the Year Dinner – Thanks to Michael Spencer for taking these pictures