By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Four Northeast Mississippians and a University of Mississippi college student are among the dozen volunteers recognized with governor’s awards Monday.
Volunteer Mississippi, the commission for volunteer service in the state, announced the 2013 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence.
More than 40 individuals and organizations were nominated for the annual awards. A team of community leaders, Volunteer Mississippi staff and commission members pore through the nominations to choose the winners.
“It’s always very hard,” because of the caliber of volunteer work in the state, said Deirdra Harris Glover, public affairs specialist with Volunteer Mississippi. “They’re doing it whether anybody’s talking about them or not.”
Tupelo pediatrician Dr. Ed Ivancic was recognized in the healthcare initiatives category for his work with CATCH Kids.
Ivancic is the founder and board president of the nonprofit, which provides free community and school based clinics in Lee, Pontotoc and Chickasaw Counties. Doctors and nurses volunteer their time to see any child who needs them, and any needed medications are provided.
WTVA personality Kay Bain of Tupelo was recognized in the media personality category. Bain works closely with the Tupelo TV station’s philanthropic efforts and was also nominated by Golden Living Center in Amory for her work with nursing home residents.
Ole Miss student Mary Margaret Saulters of Canton was recognized in the college student category for her work with Ole Miss College Corps and the Interfaith Compassion Ministry.
Mary Patton-Jarrett of Oxford was recognized in the faith-based volunteer category, particularly for her work with the Midnight Brethren at the Philadelphia MB Church.
Beverly J. Hammett of Starkville was recognized for her service in disabilities advocacy.
The award winners will be celebrated at an April 22 luncheon at the Mississippi Museum of Art.