Howard County volunteers of the year named

October 09, 2012

The Howard County government last week announced its volunteers of the year in an array of categories.

Joel Goodman, a dentist in Glenelg, was named Volunteer of the Year. Goodman has volunteered more than 275 hours at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia and has created over 45 planetarium presentations, according to a news release. As an officer of the Howard Astronomical League, Goodman was instrumental in helping build the county's first publicly accessible observatory at Alpha Ridge Community Park.

The Youth Volunteer of the Year award went to Athena Kan, a sophomore at River Hill High School. Kan co-founded the Coalition Halting Obesity in Children Everywhere (CHOICE), an effort to educate the public about the importance of childhood obesity prevention. She has spent nearly 400 hours performing independent research over the last few years, raised over $6,000 and engaged student leaders and local policy-makers on the issue.

Mae Beale, a county resident since 1971, took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. According to the news release, Beale has been a volunteer for over 30 years. She has helped with the Columbia Festival of the Arts, teaches Bible study and has raised scholarship funds for the Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievement.

The Power of One Award went to Janelle McIntyre, an avid runner who has volunteered hundreds of hours with The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. McIntyre trains cancer patients and survivors through the UCF's TEAM FIGHT program.

The Grassroots Day Resource Center was named the Nonprofit Volunteer Organization of the Year, and The Rotary Club of Columbia/Patuxent was named the Community Group Volunteer of the Year.

—Stan Rappaport

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