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Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award

Winner Announced:  Fred and Pauline Wight

Fred and Pauline Wight are the recipients of the 2015 Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award. Their "can do" spirit and passion for service are proven through their years of service to improve the quality of life in our community. For over three decades, Fred and Pauline have dedicated time and effort volunteering. Pauline was one of the original volunteers starting the food locker in 1983 for St Vincent de Paul; the food locker provides access to groceries for those in need. They are actively contributing and volunteering in the Lion's Club, St. Peter and Paul Parish, Sutter Hospital in Roseville, and Sons in Retirement. Additionally, Fred and Pauline have been involved in a variety of community projects, including working with local scouting and the Chamber of Commerce. We congratulate and thank them for their dedicated service throughout our community.

Sylvia Besana was a Roseville native who epitomized the word "volunteer". An educator, counselor and avid community leader, Sylvia spent the greater part of her life giving back to the community and making a difference through her continued commitment to serve. The Sylvia Besana Community Volunteer Award is a tribute to her and to her lifetime of community service. This annual award recognizes individuals in the Roseville community who display dedication through consistent commitment to community service, serve as role models by inspiring others to volunteer, and demonstrate leadership, excellence and integrity through volunteer service. Recipients are recognized at City Council Meetings and their names are engraved on a perpetual plaque commemorating the honor; the plaque is displayed in the lobby of the Civic Center.

Sylvia Besana

Past Recipients
2014    Ed and Marian Tiedemann
2013    Olu Shaola
2012    Esmerita Rivera
2011    Janet Zeitman
2010    Aldo Pineschi, Jr.
2009    Melba Erven


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