GREENVILLE, South Carolina, July 2017 – Charlene Claeys Godard of Glenboro, Manitoba Council 943 was named the 2017 UCT Volunteer of the Year of UCT at the organization’s recent annual convention in Greenville, South Carolina.
“I’m honored to receive this Volunteer of the Year award,” Godard said after being named this year’s award recipient. “It’s certainly not something I ever expected, and I feel that it doesn’t just belong to me. It belongs to my family and my community as well.”
Godard has been a member of Council 943 for more than 20 years. According to Glenboro’s Kevin Newton, who nominated her for the award, Godard uses her UCT local council to address the needs in her community by encouraging her fellow members to join her in getting involved in projects and events that make a difference for others.
Some of these projects include coordinating clothing drives for underprivileged families, planning Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter Cheer food drives for those in need, overseeing Meals on Wheels projects for seniors, and organizing the annual community bike rodeo and safety poster contests for local students.
In addition to the community service Godard spearheads with her UCT local council, she provides significant service on her own. She has tutored local students and helped organize high school graduation, managed and coached youth basketball, served as assistant coach for the high school girls’ fastball team, and managed the adult basketball team she plays on. And she has worked at the local summer Bible camp and on the Festival of Arts Committee.
“What Charlene does is truly impressive,” said UCT Chairman of the Board Gorden Woodworth. “She’s always giving of herself, and she’s a great asset to our organization and the people she serves. She cares about making life better for others and people respond positively to that.”