The Treasure Valley Family YMCA has recognized individuals for their years of volunteerism and service to the Y and the community. These awards were presented at the Y’s 131st Annual Meeting on June 1, an event that brought people together to celebrate our local YMCA leaders who are creating positive change within their community, including the volunteers who go above and beyond.
2022 Vern Emery Award: Maureen O'Keeffe-Wing
Maureen O’Keeffe-Wing is a longtime Y Board Member, serving two years as Board Chair. Her leadership has guided the Y through the Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA project, she’s been a key member in our new Downtown Boise Y planning, and she led the development of a new strategic plan. Maureen chaired the CEO Selection Committee and served on the Human Resources Committee. She is an active fundraiser, hosting events at her home to generate additional resources to fuel the Y cause.
The Board of Directors of the Y established the Vern Emery Award in 1991 in memory and honor of former Y Executive Director Vern Emery’s long-term leadership of this community’s YMCA. It is presented annually to an outstanding volunteer leader based upon the following criteria:
- Long-term service to the Y and the community-at-large
- Former Service-to-Youth Award recipient
- Must demonstrate the personal qualities so characteristic of Vern, including caring, compassion, strong leadership and initiative, optimism, positive attitude, sense of humor, ability to be a role model, ability to praise and build self-esteem in others, and ability to be a friend to all
Vern Emery Award recipient Maureen O’Keeffe-Wing, Treasure Valley Family YMCA CEO and President David Duro, Martha Emery, and Barbara Emery. June 1, 2022.
2022 Service to Youth Awards
2022 Volunteer of the Year Awards
- Jay Multanen | Caldwell YMCA
- Betsy Roberts | YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir
- Hannah Brass-Greer and Stacy Falkner | Child Development
- Chad Collins | Downtown Boise YMCA
- Sheila Giffen | Healthy Living Center
- Tina Akpan | Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA
- Bryan Sorensen | West Boise YMCA