In 1978, the Human Services Planning Council (HSPC) established the Katherine S. Rozendaal Award to honor a person whose volunteer leadership and activities have had a positive impact on the Schenectady Community. The YWCA NorthEastern NY is proud to continue the presentation of this prestigious award and invites the community to recognize the valuable contributions of volunteers.
In order to be eligible for the award, the following criteria must be met:
- the nominee must be currently serving as a volunteer in Schenectady County;
- the nominee should be one whose leadership and activities have had a positive impact on the community and those served as demonstrated through creativity, delegation, management skills, recognition by peers, and interpersonal skills;
- the nominee should be one whose activities are diverse and who has demonstrated commitment over the years; and
- the activities for which the individual is being nominated may not be part of a paying job.
2018 Katherine S. Rozendaal Awardee
Many Schenectady families have been touched by Millie’s kind heart and healing hands. At 88, Millie is a wonder. She is still an active, enthusiastic volunteer ski instructor at the Double H Ranch, an adaptive winter sports program for children ages 6-16 dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. She has volunteered there for over 20 years. She is a mentor to junior instructors, a comfort to families, and her enthusiasm is an inspiration to the senior instructors. Prior to Double H, she was a volunteer with the adaptive sports program at Windham Mountain.
Millie is also a life-long advocate for protecting our environment and for the vital role outdoor recreation plays in building healthy families. A regular participant and sustaining member of ECOS, Millie is a voice for preserving outdoor spaces here in Schenectady. And as a correspondent for the 46-ers, her words of encouragement inspired numerous hikers to complete their goal of climbing to the highest 46 peaks in the Adirondacks.
A lover of the arts, Millie is a life-long supporter of the Schenectady Light Opera and other local arts groups. She is also a leader in her church, serving as a vestry member, in the women’s guild, and as a reader. Millie is also known for her famous chocolate chip cookies – she bakes them for the participants at Double H Ranch and for various silent auctions at fundraisers supporting the causes about which she cares.
Millie is also a retired Occupational Therapist. She was the second OT professional to be licensed in New York state and a leader in advocating for professional standards and accreditation in the field of Occupational Therapy.
Millie enthusiastically shares her knowledge and her commitment to other in a way that strengthens family and community.
Previous Katherine S. Rozendaal Awardees
|2011||Denise Murphy McGraw|
|2010||H. Jean & John W. Wilkinson|
|2008||Dr. Arnold Ritterband & Dr. Clifford Tepper|
|2007||Edna Scheper, Marsha Mortimore, & Cristine Cioffi|
|2006||Israel “Jake” Jacobs & Carolyn Micklas|
|2005||Margaret Mardy Moore & Helen Quirini|
|2004||Chauncey Williams & Kevin Karpowicz|
|2000||Nancy Lange & Mary D’Ercole Pritchard|
|1994||Anne Phillips & Julia Burgess|
|1993||Rev. Carl Taylor|
|1991||Evelyn Holmblad & Alfred Lowe|
|1985||Kathleen Selfridge Chesbrough|
|1983||Doris Aiken & Benjamin Wollner|
|1980||Peg Lordi & Marie Gorman|