|United Way President & CEO Dennis Smith congratulating Roger Bouck Award winner Janet Kavadas|
United Way encourages everyone to LIVE UNITED with a vision of community that gives their time, talent and treasure to making Snohomish County a better place to live. This award was created to honor volunteerism and the legacy of a tireless community steward, Roger Bouck. He was a visionary for community change and had a passion for service. Roger volunteered his entire life and has left a legacy of hope, health and caring in our community.
Congratulations go to Janet Kavadas, the recipient of the 2011 Roger Bouck Award. Janet knows that staying active is the recipe for a fulfilling life and volunteering is the main ingredient. For over 40 years, Janet has given her time and talent to better our community.
Her dedication to volunteering began first with a professional career recruiting and developing volunteers with a personal passion is in Health and Safety issues. Janet is a founding member of the South Snohomish County Health and Safety Network and for 15 years she worked to grow it to one of the most active in the county.
Janet shows us every day how beneficial living a healthy life can be. She has been a swim and track official since 1984 and at 80 years young she was the oldest official and the oldest swimming participant at the Championship Meet for Masters this year. Janet currently teaches swimming lessons at The Y of Snohomish County. She says that on any given weekend day she often has to decide between officiating for swimming or track.
Janet began her work with the United Way in the early ‘70s-volunteering in both King and Snohomish Counties. She has been a regular member of United Way of Snohomish County’s Community Matters Vision Council since it’s inception in 2003 and rarely misses a meeting or a chance to chip in.
Janet truly embodies what it is to Give. Advocate. And Volunteer. She is an inspiring role model for how volunteering, staying engaged and making a contribution add quality to one’s life and make our community a better place.
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