BROOKINGS – Awards for 2019 Volunteer of the Year and 2019 Donor of the Year were presented during the annual meeting of the Brookings Empowerment Project (BEP) on March 9.
The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award was Kathleen Holleman. In the nomination statement for Holleman, it was noted that, “This should almost be a lifetime achievement award for Kathleen.
“She led BEP for more than five years as its president and is now chairwoman of the BEP Education Committee. Through her leadership, BEP developed our annual Mental Health Forum, raising the awareness of mental health issues in our community. Her continued leadership of this committee into the future shows her dedication to this cause and passion to help our community. She is still trying to teach us all even after retirement. Once a teacher, always a teacher I guess.”
Craig and Colleen Pahl were joint recipients of the Donor of the Year award. Their nomination praised their generous donations of time and money in advocating for the mission of BEP which is to “Empower those who have persistent mental illness and their caregivers with supportive and integrative services through community education, crisis management, and housing.”
Examples of their generosity included three years as president of BEP (Craig), fundraising activities including an annual rummage sale (Colleen), providing matching funds as a challenge for monetary donations during the 2019 Day of Giving, and working tirelessly to alleviate the stigma associated with mental illness through presentations to community organizations and state legislative interim committees.