September 16, 2010
CONTACT: Melissa DelaCalzada, San Diego Hospice, 619-517-2053 cell
Devoted San Diego Hospice Volunteer Honored by Combined Health Agencies (CHAD)
Jolyn B. Parker named a CHAD 2010 Volunteer of the Year
(San Diego) – Jolyn Parker, volunteer member of the Board of Directors for San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, was named the Combined Health Agencies (CHAD) “Volunteer of the Year” for her contribution to its mission to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life, at every stage of life.
Parker, a retail consultant to several start-up businesses, is a resident of Rancho Santa Fe. After making significant contributions to numerous national professional and community based organizations in New York, Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City including the Museum of African-American History, USO, Urban League, Special Olympics, and several Ronald McDonald Houses across the U.S., Parker began working as a volunteer for San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine in 2005.
“Our people are our strongest asset, led by volunteers like Jolyn Parker,” said Kathleen Pacurar, CEO of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine. “Her commitment to the com munity where she lives and works, and her passion in relieving suffering and promoting quality of life led her to us. Her tireless efforts help us to raise awareness and charitable funds in support of our important work. We are so proud of Jolyn and celebrate this much-deserved honor with her.”Guests of Parker who attended the event in her honor included her husband William, President and CEO of Tara Jayde Capital Partners, LLC; as well as SDG&E’s CEO Jessie Knight Jr. and Regional Vice President of External Affairs Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, San Diego Hospice Board Member Kristy Brehm and her husband Lindsey, Alexander and Mitra Hogg, Beth Stephenson, and San Diego Hospice Executive Director of Clinical Services Ben Marcantonio.
Parker is an active committee member of the organization’s many fundraising events including its annual Golf Tournament and Melisa’s Memorial 5K Walk and Fun Run, which was considered one of the most successful inaugural walks in San Diego. She has taken on the role as the board liaison, working individually with each board member to ensure as much board participation as possible at these events. Parker has also been an instrumental member of the Friends of Hospice donor group. She, along with her fellow co-chairs developed the first Friends of Hospice event that brought acclaimed author and physician Dr. Ira Byock to San Diego for the sold-out event.
As a not-for-profit organization, San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine relies on charitable donations and volunteer support to continue its mission. Individuals like Parker create opportunities to make a difference in an area of healthcare that oftentimes is feared and misunderstood and make special events successful working with multiple committees and personalities, all to help seriously ill adults and children live pain-free, in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by the people and things that bring them comfort.
About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine (www.sdhospice.org), the leader in the relief of suffering, is one of the 10 largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country, with one of the largest resources in the world for training palliative medicine physicians and other specialists. The organization brings compassionate, expert medical care to more than 1,000 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout San Diego and North County. More information is available online at www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free at 1-866-688-1600.
About Combined Health Agencies (CHAD)
Combined Health Agencies (www.combinedhealth.org) is the United Way's partner in the annual United Way/CHAD Campaign that raises money for local health and human services. Founded 30 years ago, Combined Health Agencies represents chapters of 25 local and national health organizations dedicated to providing community services, public and professional education and funding to support research. San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is one of the member agencies of CHAD and receives donations through the United Way/CHAD Campaign Code: 95588.