MEET OUR 2017 SILVER PLATE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Our first award recipient is South Kitsap resident Mike Peterson. Mike was nominated by Bremerton Foodline Board Member Cathie Jett for his longtime support of and contributions to the organization.
Mike has volunteered daily at the Bremerton Foodline for more than 16 years. His numerous responsibilities include managing the food bank’s warehouse; receiving, sorting and processing food donations; packaging and coordinating bulk food donations for distribution to other area food banks; repairing and scheduling maintenance of organization equipment and vehicles; and cleaning and maintaining the food bank’s building and grounds.
According to Cathie, “Everywhere you look, you can see evidence of Mike’s handiwork and contributions. The impact of not having Mike volunteering on the job is unimaginable. I think the foodline would come to a standstill in some areas.”
Mike and his wife Patti—who was a former Board President and Executive Director at Bremerton Foodline—also help in many other ways throughout the community. They actively participate in the Kiwanis annual Easter egg hunts and back to school events, help with Kitsap County Food Coalition programs and help out at Foodline fundraising events.
Our next awardee is Sharon Henson of Bremerton. Sharon was honored for her commitment to service in her community. According to Jessica Gourley, who nominated her for the award, “Sharon has dedicated her life to transforming the lives of others; be that through her chosen profession, her volunteer work or the consideration she shows on a daily basis to those she comes into contact with.”
For over 23 years, Sharon was a social worker and social services supervisor with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. She left state service in 2014 to accept her current position as the Director of Human Services for the Suquamish Tribe, where she oversees community health and social services, health benefits, veterans programs, child support enforcement and direct aid services benefitting tribal members.
Sharon gives of her skills and time whenever the opportunity arises. Her early volunteer experiences in Kitsap County were as a Chuckwagon congregate meal server at the Poulsbo Lutheran Church during 1978-79 and a parent mentor for Project Family in the early 80s. She has served on the Bremerton Salvation Army Advisory Board since 2011 and currently chairs its Social Service Committee. Sharon organizes and oversees her “army” of volunteers to assist with the annual Bell Ringing Campaign. She also organizes numerous community food and toy drives, volunteered at last year’s Meals on Wheels Whale of a Run, and helps foster children and disadvantaged youth organizations.
Sharon is always willing to do whatever she can to assist those in need and plans to continue her volunteer work in Kitsap County. She cares about her community and demonstrates a life-long commitment to improving the quality of life of those in it.
We are pleased to honor Silverdale resident Al Pinkham as a 2017 Silver Plate Award recipient for his exemplary work with several nonprofit organizations in Kitsap County.
According to Miranda O’Sullivan of Ambrosia Catering who nominated Al for the award, “he wears many hats in our community and volunteers his time with an open heart to both our youth and seniors.”
These days Al remains active through volunteering in several nonprofit organizations throughout Kitsap County. His strong organizational and process improvement skills have led him into key Board leadership positions in the agencies and programs he volunteers with.
He is the past president and current secretary of the John Paul Jones Chapter of the Washington State Sons of the American Revolution, an organization dedicated to promoting American heritage, patriotism and education. This group provides scholarships and educational awards for youth in the community.
For more than 10 years, Al volunteered on the Board of Directors at Peninsula Community Health Services, where he served as past president and quality compliance committee chair.
He currently chairs the Kitsap County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, which represents the interests of Kitsap County seniors and assists the County in developing and implementing service plans for aging seniors.
Al says it best, “I have lived a good life, developing many skills in leadership and process improvement. I choose to work now in ways that I can contribute to the sustainability of this great nation and its people.”