City Honors Volunteers with the Lynne Johnson Award
In honor of National Volunteer Week, the City Commission honored a group of volunteers by awarding them with the “Lynne Johnson Award” during the Commission Meeting held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
The winners of this year’s award include:
Juan Gomez, who was recognized for the “Youth Making a Difference” category. He is a student at the Center Academy Preparatory School in Coral Springs. A volunteer since 2016, he has worked in the City's Building Division sorting and filing clerical records, making copies of building plans and assisting staff with general duties.
The City Commission also recognized Barbara Cocks, for the “Seniors Making a Difference” category. She has been a dedicated volunteer since 2011, devoting her time weekly to the Communications and Marketing Department, organizing and scanning for historical purposes. In addition, Barbara volunteers at the Police Department in the Fleet and Facilities Services Unit, providing administrative support.
For the “Working with Youth in Sports” category, the Commission recognized Carlos Gomez. He volunteered more than 70 hours to under-served youth in the police-run, Summer BreakSpot program, providing mentoring and leadership on the soccer field. Carlos also made an impact on middle and high school students through his participation in a video to prevent opioid use in teens and young adults.
Sean Khan was recognized for the “Committed to Enhancing City Services” category. He joined the Fire Department's Clinician Response Team (CRT) two years ago. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Sean is committed to the well-being of first responders, as well as administrative personnel, especially in the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Sean also serves as a member of the Coral Springs Emergency Response Team, providing valued service to fire and police during times of crisis and at events.
Lastly, Laura Lopez was honored with an award for “Enhancing the Lives of Coral Springs Residents." A member of the Multi-Cultural Committee for more than 15 years, Laura has dedicated countless hours to events that include WorldFest, National Day of Prayer and the International Dinner Dance. Laura has a tremendous love for the community and her fellow volunteers.
These awards were named after Lynne Johnson in 2009 in memory of her dedicated volunteer service to the City of Coral Springs. The City will continue to honor volunteers annually with the receipt of the “Lynne Johnson Award.” Applications will once again be available next year.
The City of Coral Springs encourages volunteerism for people of all ages and values their contributions to make Coral Springs the premiere city in which to live, work and raise a family. For more information about volunteering with the City of Coral Springs, click here or call 954-346-4430.
Photo from l. to r.: Mayor Scott Brook, Laura Lopez, Juan Gomez, Carlos Gomez, Sean Khan and Vice Mayor Joy Carter. Not photographed: Barbara Cocks.
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