Simply put, volunteers are the backbone of Friends of Trees. We could not do what we do without the enthusiasm, dedication and energy that all volunteers bring each season to the planning, preparation and implementation of our program goals.
Over the course of the 2012-2013 planting season 4,466 individuals volunteered 37,250 hours to Friends of Trees! We are inspired by this outpouring of enthusiasm, talent, and energy by so many throughout the communities where we work.
Here we honor our most dedicated volunteers who excelled in their roles and helped make Friends of Trees an even stronger and better organization. They deserve our special recognition for their efforts.
The following volunteers received awards at the annual Volunteer Awards Potluck at the end of the 2013-14 planting season:
2013-2014 Award Winners
Volunteer of the Year - Don Crossley
For his deep and sustained commitment to Friends of Trees, for supporting our NT plantings as a Super Stager, for helping to crew lead at community tree care events as a Pruning Leader and for helping both of our planting programs prepare for numerous weekend events as a Friday office volunteer.
NT Crew Leader of the Year - Van Bogner
For his long-term commitment to our Neighborhood Trees program, for helping to grow the NT community tree care pruning program and for crew leading at nine neighborhood planting events.
GSI Crew Leaders of the Year - Team McWaibel
For their sustained enthusiasm for leading volunteers at our planting events, and for joining us consistently as a team. The McBride/Waibel Family has 20 plantings under their belts for the 13-14 season.
NT Rookie of the Year - Kate Ketcham
For being the assistant crew leader who attended the most NT plantings during her first season of crew leading. Kate attended 7, in addition to joining us at our mid-week Wednesday plantings.
GSI Rookie of the Year - Jessica Fung
For being the assistant crew leader who attended the most GSI plantings during her first season of crew leading. Jessica attended 12!
The Conan Award - Mike & Pat Rowen
An award created in 2012 to recognize those crew leaders who lead crews for the NT and GSI programs and who set themselves apart from this exclusive group with their leadership skills and sustained dedication. Named in honor of Conan Harmon-Walker -- a leader among leaders at Friends of Trees.
Mike and Pat Rowen joined the team in Nov. 2013, and the GSI team in Jan. 2014. Throughout their first season they amassed a total of 37 planting events as a team.
Neighborhood Team of the Year - Piedmont-Woodlawn
Piedmont/Woodlawn plantings are always smooth, well-organized, successful and positive planting events. PLUS - this tree team manages to throw an exciting post-planting after party for volunteers.
Neighborhood Coordinator team: Christy Hudson, Justin Thompson, Megan Van De Mark, Wren Shiffler
Office Volunteer of the Year - Kara Eads
Kara has been a leader on Friday mornings at the FOT office, working with other volunteers to help prepare for our weekend planting events by pairing thousands of gloves and assembling hundreds of crew leader clipboards.
The Garry Oak Award - Nancy Buley
A new award created in 2013 to recognize a volunteer who most embodies the spirit of community, volunteerism, good work and fun that Friends of Trees -- and our mascot Garry Oak -- strive to achieve every day through our work.
Nancy is a long-time volunteer member of our Board of Directors, a passionate advocate and a dedicated volunteer for Friends of Trees. She has brought invaluable experience and knowledge of the nursery industry to our organization, and has been a constant presence at planting and outreach events for years.
Previous Award Winners
2012-2013 Award Winners
Volunteer of the Year: Sonny Newson
Honorable Mention: Doug Lovelace
NT Crew Leader of the Year: Mike Ablutz
Honorable Mention: Charles Datulayta
GSI Crew Leader of the Year: Steven Gray
Honorable Mention: Amanda Cort/Elliot Levin
NT Rookie of the Year: Alex Bruyevicz
Honorable Mention: Elise Cryder
GSI Rookie of the Year: Nate Johnson
Honorable Mention: Andrea Geiger
Neighborhood Group of the Year: Buckman, Hand & Richmond
Honorable Mention: Eastmoreland, Sellwood-Westmoreland
Office Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Timmons
Honorable Mention: John Bander
The Conan Award: Erik Weimer
The Garry Oak Award: Russ Dillman
2011-2012 Award Winners
Volunteer of the Year: Chris Canida
Honorable Mention: Joanie Beldin
NT Crew Leader of the Year: Forest Tanier-Gesner
Honorable Mention: Barbara McLean
GSI Crew Leader of the Year: Sonny Newson
Honorable Mention: Tricia Sears
NT Rookie of the Year: Jeff Kisseloff
Honorable Mention: Keegan Heron
GSI Rookie of the Year: Neva Knott
Honorable Mention: Cristina Watson
Neighborhood Group of the Year: Westside Vancouver
Sue Bluestein (Hough), Susan Sanders (Carter Park), Claire Beagle (Edgewood Park), Cynthia Thornton-Tang, Glenn Dollar (Lincoln), Catherine Cannon (Shumway)
Honorable Mention: Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, Roseway
Starr Hogeboom (Cully), Theresa DeSousa, Caitlin Shelman, Leigh Ann Oatney (Roseway)
Office Volunteer of the Year: Wendy Gehring
Honorable Mention: David Meade
The Conan Award: Kenny Symonds
Honorable Mention: Annette Pearson
2010-2011 Award Winners
Volunteer of the Year: Conan Harmon-Walker
Honorable Mention: David Hyde
NT Crew Leader of the Year: Brian Symes
Honorable Mention: Josh Springer
GSI Crew Leader of the Year: Endre Elteto
Honorable Mention: Caela Levy
NT Rookie of the Year: Lou Gottfried
Honorable Mention: Leah Haykin
GSI Rookie of the Year: Sue Wiff
Honorable Mention: Kenny Symonds
Neighborhood Group of the Year: St. Johns, University Park, Cathedral Park, Kenton, Portsmouth
Christina Pucci, Josh Guerra (St. Johns), Cody Newton (Cathedral Park), Matt Krueger (University Park), Lori Krampetz, Alyssa Phelps (Kenton), Susan Landauer (Portsmouth)
Honorable Mention: Centennial, Hazelwood, Mill Park
Greg Perry (Centennial), Vinette Kennedy-Scott (Hazelwood), Teresa Collins (Mill Park)
Office Volunteer of the Year: Chihiro Aldrich
Honorable Mention: Sochetra Ly
2009 - 2010 Award Winners
Volunteer of the Year: Irek Wielgosz
NT Crew Leader of the Year: Chris Canida
GSI Crew Leader of the Year: Dominic Hartman
NT Rookie of the Year: Jonathan King
GSI Rookie of the Year: Caela Levy
Neighborhood Planting of the Year: Kerns (Doug Lovelace), Laurelhurst (Lisa Adajian), Sunnyside (Peter Nierengarten) & North Tabor (Robert Jordan/Joe Recker)
Office Volunteer of the Year: Luke Groser