Farmington Hills honors outstanding volunteers

Farmington Hills city officials paid tribute May 9 to recipients of Volunteer Recognition Awards, presented annually by the Farmington Hills/Farmington Commission for Children, Youth and Families.

Farmington Hills volunteer award recipients
These volunteers were honored May 9 at the Farmington Hills city council meeting. (contributed photo)

Following a reception attended by city officials from both Farmington Hills and Farmington, 47th District Court Judge Marla Parker presented the awards.

“This is an annual opportunity to recognize the wonderful things that people in our community do to make our lives better and our community better,” she said.

These are the 2016 award winners, nominated by individuals and organizations:

  • Business Awards – Peterlin’s Restaurant and PKC Group
    • PKC Group has, for more than five years, been the primary sponsor for the community Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to providing foods, employees volunteer to prepare meals and box foods for delivery. Peterlin’s Restaurant hosts fundraisers for school events, sponsor a family for Christmas, participate in Founders Festival, Relay for Life and other events.
  • Organization Awards – Farmington High School PTSA
    • The group has raised thousands of dollars to support activities throughout the school.
  • Youth Award – Rani Dhiman
    • The youngest winner of this award, this Farmington Hills fifth grader launched a get out the vote effort to create voting awareness around the Farmington Public Schools bond referendum. She’s also a member of the Junior Optimists and volunteered as a “reindeer” for the Farmington Area Goodfellows holiday drive.
  • Adult Award – Bette Rose
    • Nominated by three organizations, Rose volunteers at Hillside Elementary, the Holocaust Memorial Center, and Friendship Circle, where she helps people with developmental disabilities
  • Family Award – The Milinoff Family and The Paulson Family
    • The Paulsons have volunteered in the community for more than 30 years, with the Founders Festival, Jaycees, Greater Farmington Area Chamber and many more organizations. The Milinoffs are involved with Farmington High PTSA and sports teams, Farmington Glen Swim Club, Boy Scouts, and other organizations.
  • George Romney Volunteer of the Year Award – Joel Sloan
    • Sloan has given more than 50 years of volunteer service with the Farmington Hills Police Department Crime Prevention division, Neighborhood Watch program, Emergency Preparedness Commission, Michigan Citizens Corps, and takes his certified therapy dogs to libraries, nursing homes, and hospitals. He also has a dog that is trained in search and rescue.
  • Nancy Bates Distinguished Public Servant Award – Jan Dolan
    • A former state representative and Farmington Hills council member and mayor, Dolan is on the boards of Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families, Oakland Community College, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Rotary Club, volunteers with the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, Farmington and Michigan garden clubs, and many more organizations.

Certificates were awarded to: Youth – John Bell and Gabriel Goldberg; Adults – Julie Benson, Irv Beron, Kathie Clark, Anna Durham, Robert Kuhr, Harold Larsen, John Ricco, Martin Sharp, and Howard Welsh.

For more information about the Awards, call the City Manager’s Office, 248-871- 2500.

– Press release