The groups of volunteers ranged in age from 16 to 101 years old and represent 17 of Washington’s 39 counties. Nominated by AmeriCorps, Johnson and Seaman were recognized for the outstanding dedication to South Bend’s school based Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
“These two volunteers set a terrific example of what it means to be a positive influence in someone else’s life,” said AmeriCorps representative Gracie Manlow. “Zane and Emily are making a difference in their school and community.”
Manlow and Amy Nelson, South Bend School District Counselor, submitted Johnson's and Seaman’s names through a nomination form. A few weeks later, the nominees were announced and the South Bend students had been selected.
On the day of the ceremony, approximately 44 volunteers and their guests arrived at the Governor’s Mansion. Governor and First Lady Inslee spoke at the ceremony about the importance of volunteering.
“I urge all people in our state to join me in recognizing and supporting those who volunteer and serve,” Governor Inslee said.
Johnson and Seaman were congratulated by the Inslees and received a national award. First Lady Inslee spoke to the South Bend students later on and again, praised their volunteerism.
“You may not realize it, but working with kids is one of the greatest ways to give back to the community,” First Lady Inslee said.
Later that evening Johnson and Seaman attending the Mariner’s game where they were honored on the field in a pregame ceremony.
“Zane and Emily’s dedication has made a difference in their community,” Manlow said. “After all, that’s what volunteering is about – giving back and making an impact.”