The recipient for this year's Chauncey Dunn Award for Legacy of Sevice is Shawnda Grady, who served as Board Chair during one of our most tumultuous years of service. Her keen leadership abilities were tested this past year but she overcame every obstacle thrown at her. Without her steady hand, future focused thinking, and inclusive teamwork, we would not have made it through this past year. Our Y will be losing Shawnda as she moves her family to the East Coast, but we are thankful for years of service to our Board.
At the YMCA of Superior California Annual Meeting we presented last year's Chauncey Dunn Award for Legacy of Service to Erin McDonough, our Past Chair who served an additional term to lead our Y through the search and hiring of our current President & CEO. This was a difficult year due to having 3 CEO’s as we employed an interim Executive while the search for a new leader took place. She spent an extraordinary amount of time determining the vision for the future of our Y as well as spending time garnering input from stakeholders and unifying the board and staff team during these transitions.
This year we are awarding our first ever Skip Reynolds Award for Youth Development. R.W. “Skip” Reynolds joined the YMCA Board of Directors in 1988 and was our longest-serving Board Member, and served as Board Chair from 2004 to 2006. We sadly lost Skip in early 2020, and as a Board we decided to honor his legacy with the creation of this award in his honor. The first ever recipient is Christiana Dominguez. Christiana has served many roles in our Y, including leading our teen leadership program, Youth & Government. During the pandemic she helped create a Northern California YMCA collaboration to keep the Youth & Government Program active in a safe virtual setting. Over the past two years she has transformed our annual camp themed fundraiser, S’moresfest, into a marque event that has helped many children be able to access YMCA programs such as camps, sports, swim lessons, and of course, Youth & Government.
Every year at our Annual Meeting, the YMCA honors a Volunteer of the Year in each of the service areas. In Sacramento our Volunteer of the Year is Dan Smith. Throughout the openings and closures of our Y in 2020, Dan helped our Y with messaging and reopening planning when our Y was stretched thin due to staffing shortages. In addition, he helped coordinate volunteer events like our MLK Day of Service.