2015 Christenson Award Winners
Danya Sterner - WAMAL Rescue
The best thing about Danya is she never lets the WAMAL dogs down! She has been a longtime volunteer walker, and always shows up to take the kenneled dogs walking, no matter the weather. She does intros with new families, emails updates and praise to the other volunteers and the board members. Danya’s drive to the kennel involves an hour or more commute each direction in our Seattle traffic, and she shows up several times a week.
Danya is the kind of charity volunteer everyone dreams of finding for their organization. She is well liked by all, gets along with everyone she works with, and never does anything that isn’t in the best interest of the malamutes in WAMAL’s care. Danya gives her all for the Malamutes and has been a very bright light in their transition from shelter or former owner to a new and happy life.
Stephanie Konz - Taysia Blue Rescue
Without fail, Steph has had a regular rotation of foster dogs in her home for the last four years. Her loyalty to Taysia Blue and our mission has never wavered.
She has been a critical partner in the growth of Taysia Blue. She has been an integral part of our strategic planning initiatives and has taken on a leadership role on several action teams including training of fosters, adoption counselors and other key volunteers. She is constantly thinking of ways to be more efficient and more productive. She is willing to write policy, challenge the status-quo, find foster homes when we think there are no more, and scoop poop. Bottom line, she will do whatever is needed in order to support our mission. And she does with a smile and positive attitude internally and externally.
Steph even scheduled her husband's kidney transplant surgery around Taysia Blue's annual fund raising event so she would be sure to give 100% to the rescue during this critical time and then give 100% to her husband at his critical time.
Thank you for the consideration. Stephanie is certainly deserving of this award and this would be a wonderful way to recognize her efforts and dedication.
Lois McKennett - CHAAMP Malamute Rescue
“Yes! I can do that!” This is always the reply from Lois when asked to help with the CHAAMP Malamutes. In fact, we don’t have to ask – she volunteers.
Lois has an endless amount of energy and enthusiasm that the Mals benefit from. She organizes and participates in countless fundraisers throughout the year. While working a full time job, and raising a young son, Lois is constantly brainstorming new, and productive, ideas for the CHAAMP Mals. She has fostered an ailing senior for us, providing Whisper with the love and attention she requires.
CHAAMP is very fortunate, and proud, to have Lois be a part of our rescue team. She never hesitates taking on any challenge or difficult task and completes them with a smile.