2012 UW Health Community Service Award Recipients
Madison, Wisconsin - Congratulations to Mary Dodd, Timothy Chybowski and Jacque Pokorney as recipients of the 2012 UW Health Community Service Award. The award was created to recognize faculty and staff from throughout UW Health who demonstrate exceptional commitment and leadership as a volunteer for a community organization that promotes a community health priority.
At the ceremony held Monday October 1, 2012, our three recipients were each recognized with the award in recognition of their volunteer service.
Representatives from each recipient’s volunteer organizations were presented with a $500 donation in honor of their UW Health volunteer and to support their important work.
All award nominees and winners served a minimum of 50 volunteer hours within the past fiscal year at an organization that effectively addresses a community health priority, directly helps or benefits our patients and families, or supports community health research.
"The spirit of volunteerism and giving back among UW Health faculty and staff has always been very strong," mentioned Juli Aulik, Director of Community Relations for UW Health. "We are so proud to have this opportunity to formally recognize our most dedicated individuals for their time, commitment and devotion to helping others throughout our communities."
Mary Dodd – Special Olympics Wisconsin
Special Olympics Wisconsin, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing year-round sports programming for children and adults with cognitive disabilities, is the organization benefiting from the work of Community Award recipient, Mary Dodd. Mary has devoted her time and energy to this organization since 2001 and has since served as the Agency Manager for the Columbus Area Special Olympics program.
Mary has shown enormous commitment to Special Olympics not only by serving in her role as Agency Manager, but also by taking on various leadership roles in the sporting events it offers to Special Olympics athletes. For example, every July, Mary takes on a major role in organizing the District Golf Tournament. Mary is responsible for securing food, entertainment and event logistics. Mary also serves on the Games Management Team for several other sports, including bowling, basketball and aquatics.
Her leadership and commitment to these events, as well as her endless passion for the athletes are factors that drive the organization's events to be considered premier sporting events in the state. Mary's leadership has also helped enable Special Olympics athletes gain confidence and a positive self-image which carries over to the athlete’s home, classroom, workplace and community.
Here at UW Health, we recognize that participation in sports promotes healthy, active lives. Special Olympics Wisconsin provides this opportunity for a segment of the population who are more likely to face obesity and health problems than our general population. We thank and admire Special Olympics Wisconsin for the continued opportunities they bring to those with cognitive disabilities in the communities we serve.
Timothy Chybowski, MD – Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dane County
Dr. Tim Chybowski has been a volunteer with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Dane County, an organization whose mission is "to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships."
While Dr. Chybowski has been a pediatrician and clinical professor at UW Health for nearly 15 years, he has been serving in a volunteer capacity with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for an impressive 40 years. He is currently on his fifth mentoring match with the organization and has also served on the organization’s Board for more than 10 years and was its Board’s Chair in the late 1990s. Dr. Chybowski currently is matched to a young boy named James. The two of them meet several times a month and engage in fun, educational activities that they both find interesting.
Dr. Chybowski's diverse volunteerism clearly demonstrates his commitment to an organization that truly values and stresses the importance of consistent adult role models to help children and adolescents reach their full potential.
Jacque Pokorney, MSPT, GCS – Allied Wellness Center
Since 2002, Jacque has been a devoted volunteer of the Allied neighborhood, most recently as a member of the Allied Wellness Center Board. The Allied Wellness Center is a non-profit community health and wellness center that was created to support the community of residents living in the Allied Drive neighborhood with a holistic approach to health.
The Allied Drive neighborhood has a diverse population where more than half of households earn less than $25,000 a year. Neighborhood residents have limited access to employment, health care, childcare and transportation and some struggle with alcoholism, mental health, abuse and crime.
The Allied Wellness Center is run mostly by its volunteer board. The organization works steadfastly to provide support, training, education and leadership development to the residents of Allied neighborhood. Jacque’s fellow board members commented that she brings a unique perspective to the Board due to her role and experience as a physical therapist at UW Hospital and Clinics.
Some of the many contributions Jacque has made include assisting with the ongoing development of a neighborhood-based community health worker model, expanding the resident membership of the Board, leading the agency and its stakeholders in a successful strategic planning process and managing the grants that support the work of the agency.
Jacque has put in countless hours supporting the limited part-time staff, planning and facilitating board meetings and ensuring that the agency remains fiscally sound. Her leadership has been critical during a time of transition, and her passion for the work of the Allied Wellness Center has been never-ending.
2012 Honor Roll
Two additional award nominees were also recognized at the ceremony for their notable volunteer efforts:
- Katie Egan, University of Wisconsin Police Department First Responders
- James Giesen, MD, Community Connections Free Clinic
Congratulations to each Honor Roll and Award recipient. Your inspired work in our community makes UW Health proud.
Date Published: 11/28/2012