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Dominion’s Volunteer Recognition Program Taps Virginia Beach Resident


Courtney Young of Virginia Beach, one of Dominion’s Volunteers of the Year, was among top company volunteers recognized and honored April 24 in Richmond with a $1,000 donation to her charity of choice, the Virginia State University Alumni Association.

Now in its 33rd year, Dominion’s “Benjamin J. Lambert, III, Volunteer of the Year program” is recognizing 12 employees from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia whose volunteer efforts brightened the lives of others or made lasting improvements to communities in 2016. A ceremony is also being held in May in Ohio.

Young, supervisor–Customer Account Management in Norfolk, Va., is a longtime volunteer council member for Dominion Virginia Power’s Eastern Region. She plays a key role in matching Dominion volunteers with community agencies in need of assistance.

She also works closely with the company’s State & Local Affairs group to organize and recruit volunteers for Dominion-sponsored events. According to coworkers, Young has spent numerous hours reaching out to agencies to match their needs with Dominion employees seeking volunteer service opportunities.

As a result of Young’s commitment and coordination skills, the Customer Account Management team finished 2016 with 100 percent employee community volunteer project participation.

Dominion’s annual Volunteer of the Year awards are named after Benjamin J. Lambert to honor his memory and his distinguished service to Dominion and the community.

Lambert of Richmond was by trade an optometrist. He served in the Virginia General Assembly as both a delegate and senator and on the Dominion Board of Directors. He was posthumously recognized by Dominion and the Library of Virginia as a Strong Men & Women in Virginia History honoree for his legacy of service.

Other 2016 Dominion Volunteers of the Year are: Pamela Dumire, Akron, Ohio; Barbara Gilliland, Woodbridge, Va.; William Gwynn, New Canton, Va.; Jeff Heffelman, Dumfries, Va.; Kewaunee Power Station employees, Carlton, Wis.; John Marlow, Parkersburg, W.Va.; Cathy Niedermayer, Richmond, Va.; Marty O’Baker, Alexandria, Va.; Shane Olson, Richmond, Va.; Anthony J. Perry, Cleveland, Ohio; April N. Stephens, Cleveland, Ohio; and Gary Venturini, Kittanning, Pa.

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