VOLUNTEERS

OF THE YEAR

Pam Melvin and Patty O'Brien
Doris J. Hunt Volunteer of the Year and Distinguished Advocate of the Year Awards

Pam Melvin and Patty O'Brien

Every year, CASA Kane County honors a CASA volunteer as the Doris J. Hunt Volunteer of the Year.  As one of the organization’s founders and supporters, Doris Hunt was honored with the first award in 1995, in honor of her outstanding dedication and committment to CASA Kane County. This year, the Doris J. Hunt Volunteer of the Year was awarded to CASA/GAL Pam Melvin.

CASA Kane County held its annual Volunteer Recognition Evening on April 27, 2017.  This is an evening where CASA honors the many years of service and thanks our volunteers for the advocacy they provide to kids in foster care.

Pam has been a CASA/GAL volunteer for six years and has represented six children in abuse/neglect and probate court. Kelly Vatianou, Advocate Supervisor, presented Pam with this special award, adding “I have been so impressed by her ability to recognize each child’s strengths and individual needs. As an advocate for these children, it has never satisfied Pam to simply have a child’s basic needs met. She strives to make sure that each child is given the opportunity to realize their potential and is provided opportunities to grow into the people they are meant to be.”

In addition, CASA Kane County presented CASA/GAL Patty O’Brien with the Distinguished Advocate of the Year Award.  Patty has been a CASA/GAL volunteer for almost 19 years and has represented 17 children in abuse/neglect and probate court. Amy Girardot, Advocate Supervisor, was honored to present Patty with this well-deserved recognition, adding “Patty makes her CASA responsibilities a priority, and is not afraid to push the envelope when it comes to the needs of the children she represents.  She is also a super happy, fun person whose energy is contagious.”

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