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September 4, 2009: Bridging the Gap Awards renamed in memory of dedicated volunteer

The Customer-Involved Government Committee has unanimously decided to rename its “Bridging the Gap Awards” as the “Lynne Johnson Award” in memory of her dedicated service to the City of Coral Springs. City volunteer Lynne Johnson passed away on August 23, 2009 at the age of 86.

In June 2009, the “Bridging the Gap Awards” were presented for the first time to the three most outstanding volunteers who worked with seniors, youth and mentoring.  Johnson was one of the first to receive the award for her work with senior citizens, but during the past 13 years, she volunteered for nearly every City department, putting in at least 40 hours a month. Volunteers like Johnson help the City provide important services and programs that might not normally receive funding and the thousands of hours of service save significant taxpayer dollars.

In 2007, Johnson was asked when she planned to stop volunteering. “I plan to volunteer until I can’t anymore,” Johnson said. She kept her word and will be greatly missed.
“What we saw to be incredible, given the energy and resources Lynne so freely shared with our City, she saw as just living life,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said. “Lynne will be missed, not just for all that she did for our City, but for the spirit with which she did it.”

The City will continue to honor volunteers annually with the receipt of the “Lynne Johnson Award.” Applications will once again be available next year.

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