The Coast News Group

Ranch resident named volunteer of the year

RANCHO SANTA FE — 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 Volunteer of the Year for her contribution to the mission to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life, at every stage of life.
Parker, a retail consultant to several startup businesses, is a resident of Rancho Santa Fe. After making significant contributions to numerous professional and community-based organizations nationwide, 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, chief executive officer of San Diego Hospice and IPM. “Her commitment to the community 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.:
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. 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 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, featuring author and physician Ira Byock.
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