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March 14, 2017 > Recreation and Park District announces Board of Director Awards

Recreation and Park District announces Board of Director Awards

Submitted By Nicole Espinoza Roa

In 1962 the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) Board of Directors initiated annual awards to honor and thank individuals and organizations that assist the District in its mission to provide quality parks, recreation programs and facilities. This marks the 54th year for the awards program. The District is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2016 Board of DirectorsÕ Awards recipients:

¥ Organization Award: Cargill
¥ Individuals Winners: Delina Cheung and Ivy Lum
¥ Special Recognition: Ms. Donna Boyer
¥ Volunteer of the Year: Ms. Ann-Marie Tucker

2016 Organization Winner - Cargill
The Organization Award for 2016 is being presented to Cargill, a local salt manufacturer.
Cargill has been a tremendous supporter of HARD, with a special interest in the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. HARD and Cargill have had a long-standing partnership to ensure our shoreline is well maintained for public use, notably donating 82 acres of wetlands that the Interpretive Center sits on in the early 1980Õs.

In 2014, Cargill approached HARD with a request to provide a permanent home for two historic artifacts: Archimedes Screw Pump and a Salt Harvesting Train. Cargill donated $5000 to assist the District with the cost of relocating these important historic artifacts that were added to the Hayward shorelineÕs Oliver Salt Trail. Cargill partnered with HARD to host a special event dedicating the Archimedes Screw Pump in October 2016. Cargill contributed staff time and $4000 to create invitations and other printed materials for the Archimedes Screw Pump Dedication. The event received a CPRS District 3 award for Outstanding Special Event.

At the end of 2016, Cargill pledged to fund the creation of a smart phone tour for the Hayward shorelineÕs Oliver Salt Trail. Production of that smart phone app is currently in process. The $12,500 contribution from Cargill covers all cost associated with the creation of the new shoreline smart phone app. Additionally, Cargill contributed $3000 to the 13th Annual 10K on the Bay Race/Walk, making them the largest cash sponsor of 2016.

Cargill has demonstrated a commitment to tangible improvements along the Hayward shoreline by donating over $24,000 over the last three years. Please recognize this organization for their outstanding contributions to the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.

2016 Individual Winners Ð Delina Cheung and Ivy Lum
Ms. Delina Cheung and Ms. Ivy Lum are receiving the 2016 Individual Board of Directors Award. These two incredible individuals work tirelessly in the Senior ProgramÕs Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This is an essential free tax program that serves over 700 low to moderate income seniors, families and individuals each year at the Hayward Area Senior Center and Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Center.

Their work is amazing as Volunteer Coordinators in the VITA Program. Delina and Ivy are in a position of great responsibility that entail long hours, knowledge of tax law, knowledge of computers and software tax programs and much more. Tax season is only four months, but it is a very intense and challenging time. During tax season, they coordinate site volunteers, prepare volunteer schedules, conduct interviews and client intake, quality review and electronically file the hundreds of tax-returns prepared. Pre-tax season, both attend mandatory trainings and monthly meetings led by the IRS and United Way Bay Area. They order training material, coordinate an annual 40-hour training with an Enrolled Agent for all the volunteers. They also work with the IT department to set up the computers and software. All the volunteers must pass a vigorous IRS test and ethics test.

Delina works at the Hayward Area Senior Center as Volunteer Coordinator and has been volunteering over 14 years. She began at the Kenneth Aitken Senior Center as a tax preparer and took on more responsibility and later moved to the Hayward Area Senior Center where taxes are prepared three days a week.

Ivy works at the Kenneth Aitken Senior Center as the Volunteer Coordinator and has been volunteering seven years. Ivy began working at the Hayward Area Senior Center and took on more responsibility and now oversees the Kenneth Aitken Senior Center site, where taxes are prepared two days a week during tax season. Both are outstanding and committed volunteers.

2016 Special Recognition - Ms. Donna Boyer
Ms. Donna Boyer and her family have deep roots in the HARD District. As an early teen, DonnaÕs family moved to San Lorenzo where she attended San Lorenzo High School. Donna has resided in the District since that time. During DonnaÕs high school years, it was mandatory to take the Alameda County Civil Service Exam prior to graduation. Donna scored in the highest percentile and as a result, she was offered a job in the Alameda County Adult Probation Department. This was the beginning of an illustrious 44-year career with Alameda County. In 2011 Donna became a Board of Director. Donna has flourished as a member of the HARD Foundation. DonnaÕs keen strategy, social skills, and the ability to raise funds and friends in the District made her a perfect fit. Donna conceived ÒA Night in The GardenÓ, a fundraiser at the Japanese Gardens, that had food, fun, flair, and was a financial success.

Donna has been one of the most active members of the Foundation, leading the charge with the annual Golf Tournament by taking on the Silent Auction. Additionally, Donna has chaired various committees on the Foundation. Donna is a doer, she talks the talk with poise and graciousness, and walks the walk with dogged determination. The end-result is always of tremendous benefit for the Foundation.

In 2014 Donna assumed a leadership role in the HARD Foundation as the Board President. She has taken this position as she does all ~ with strategy and purpose. As the President, Donna has instituted needed policies and brought in new membership.
Last year, when HARD chose to put a $250M Bond Measure on the ballot, Donna was pivotal in the BondÕs passage. As one of the co-chairs of the HARD Bond Campaign, Donna assembled community leaders and members to engage in discussion about the benefits of the Bond. She strategized to ensure our target audience was informed and the campaign hit its milestones. Donna phone banked consistently throughout the campaign and garnered needed support. She put up lawn signs, knocked on doors and led the campaign with a positive force.

DonnaÕs community outreach has not been limited to HARD. She is an active member of the 100 Club which provides financial support to spouses and children of police officers and firefighters that are killed in the line of duty in Alameda County. Donna also is very active in the Bay County Peace Officers Association and has coordinated their annual events. Donna is a compassionate, inspirational individual that clearly advances HARDÕs mission to enrich the quality of life for our community.

Volunteer of the Year 2016 - Ms. Ann-Marie Tucker
Ms. Ann-Marie Tucker volunteers in the Sulphur Creek wildlife hospital cleaning cages, overseeing care of the rodent colony and the Animal Lending Library animals along with anything else that needs to be done in the kitchen. She also works with our naturalist staff leading education programs, going out on rest home programs, after school programs (at MJCC), nature programs for the East Avenue Camps, and special events. She is trained in handling many of our resident animals and works very well with the public.

During her time volunteering she has successfully completed Docent Training and Continuing Education courses in both animal care and education. Ann-Marie has volunteered over 2100 hours in her 10-1/2 years as a volunteer with Sulphur Creek.
Ms. Tucker has a gift in making the new volunteers feel welcomed and enjoys helping to train in the hospital. As an Educational Docent, she is also reported to be amazing with kids and brings energy to her programs through her enthusiasm. Over the past ten years Ann-Marie has worked many fairs, festivals and special events.

For the annual Unhaunted House she has been a character several times sharing animals while being Maleficent or a Regal Queen. She has also helped naturalists with campfire programs and special bug classes. Ann-Marie is one of our go-to volunteers who is ready and willing to volunteer for every job that we need her for and always goes into these tasks with 100% effort and enthusiasm. She works well with kids and adults of all ages and is an excellent representative of HARD.

Congratulations to our 2016 Board of Director Award Winners.

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