Aug. 24, 2011
Three PGE employees receive 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Award
Three award recipients selected from 60 nominations statewide
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland General Electric volunteers distinguish themselves in many ways, whether by mentoring those coping with hearing loss, raising money to find a cure for juvenile diabetes, or serving as mayor of a small town. In acknowledgement of their dedication, PGE honored Mark Foster, Jana Quinlan, and Rick Schiedler with 2011 Outstanding Volunteer Awards.
“I am honored to be a part of a company whose employees exemplify one of PGE’s strongest core values, and that is giving back,” said Dave Robertson, vice president of public policy. “It is inspiring to see how generous people are with their time and talents.”
The award, created to honor the volunteer spirit of PGE’s employees and retirees, recognizes the following individuals for their extraordinary commitment to the causes they care about most:
Rick Schielder: Schiedler, an estimator with service and design at PGE’s Salem Line, is the mayor of Mt. Angel and volunteers 30 hours a month to the cause. He ran for mayor after many years on the city’s budget committee, planning commission and city council. He is responsible for hiring the current city administrator, facilitating growth, and creating funding for park and street improvements.
Jana Quinlan: Quinlan began volunteering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation after she learned her daughter, Christine, had juvenile diabetes. Quinlan has been on the JDRF board for two years and chair of the Walk to Cure Diabetes for three years. Quinlan also supports the annual JDRF Hope Gala dinner and silent auction. When Quinlan is not working to help raise money to cure diabetes, she works as a manager with the corporate office at the World Trade Center.
Mark Foster: Foster is president of the Hearing Loss Association’s Portland chapter, a role he’s held since 2003. He mentors those struggling with hearing loss, offering everything from emotional support to resources for the latest assistive-listening technology devices. He has been a member of the HLA for 12 years and is organizing the first-ever Walk for Hearing, which will be held in September in downtown Portland.
Since the program began eight years ago, 51 outstanding volunteers have been honored. Community members are invited to nominate individuals for this yearly award at PortlandGeneral.com/Volunteer.
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