Each month the Hoffman Estates Park District staff and commissioners review the district's volunteers and participants, searching for men, women and children who best exemplify the interests of the park district. These people are then recognized as the Best of Hoffman at a Park Board meeting and presented with a Board proclamation. We are lucky and honored to be affiliated with these individuals. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, download a nomination form and fax it back to 847–885–7523.
2012 Volunteer of the Year
Georgeanna Mehr was named Best of Hoffman in September 2012. She has been chosen among all the other Best of Hoffman recipients in 2012 to be our Volunteer of the Year 2012.
March’s Best of Hoffman recipients are Bruce and Michelle Dyker. Although their son William primarily played in a different level, Bruce and Michelle Dyker took the lead in overseeing one of the pivotal positions in a hockey program...the first experience with playing games with other programs. This program does not have a regular game schedule and requires very dedicated leaders to source out and arrange jamborees with other programs. This major jamboree had approximately 150 participants.
Not only did they set up and host a phenomenal jamboree with 8 other programs enjoying the festivities, they have designed a platform for the player that is 6 and under to start playing in a team atmosphere but without all the pressures and anxiety that comes with youth sports. The little players have enjoyed great improvement while having a tremendous experience, all planned through hours of extra work by the Dykers and the additional leadership by Coach Rick Carlson.
Sarah Wozniak, Mother of Squirt player Benny and wife of Coach Gene, took it upon herself to create and manage an extremely successful food drive in the name of Wolf Pack, HEPD and Jerry's Warehouse.
For anyone that has the care and heart to organize such a program, they will know that there are always more steps and roadblocks than one would expect. Sarah pursued the plan with excited perseverance that resulted in two mini vans filled with 21 boxes that less fortunate people would have not otherwise had access to.
Besides the first focus of looking after people, Sarah felt it was a great opportunity to engage a number of young people, including Benny, in assisting with the distribution and show them what it’s like to give and care for others.
Although she dedicated hours of her time going from various facilities, moving products, storing them and distributing them, Sarah's great heart has her excited to do the same type of program again even to a greater scale. She says that the pantry cupboards are bare in the summer and she is determined to fill them up with another food drive in a couple of months.