Dilvir Sekhon a senior at Kingsburg High School is the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for 2018. She heard about the Volunteer Program through a friend and joined in August 2018. Dilvir said since joining she has met many people who are very helpful. She has been able to gain hands on experience by doing service hours in the Parlier Health Center. Dilvir has also assisted in UHC’s Administrative Office sorting and filing. She said “UHC creates a very welcoming environment in which everyone helps everyone and they are all so kind.” Along with her volunteer work at UHC, Dilvir is involved in other programs at her school and in her community. She also spends a lot of her spare time studying. She is a Valedictorian Elect for her graduating class of 2019 and has been involved in many Advanced Placement and Honors classes. Dilvir is the founder and President of the Sikh Honors and Service Society on her high school campus which plans events to help the school and their community. She looks forward to attending college in the fall and has already been accepted to Fresno State. She is currently also waiting to her back from other State and UC schools to which she applied. Dilvir will be majoring in Biology and then plans to attend medical school to specialize in Pediatrics. Her plans include returning to the valley to practice once she becomes a Pediatrician. Dilvir said, “I am thankful for all the opportunities given to me by this program and hope to take these skills into my future career!”


Mary Jane Mollison, Health Care Associate Supervisor at our Mendota Health Center is the recipient of the Volunteer Supervisor of the Year for 2018. Mary Jane has seven years of management experience and over 20 years of customer service experience. She has been working for UHC for over 3 years now. From the beginning of the Volunteer Program, Mary Jane has fully supported and embraced it. In 2017 she was interviewed for one of the Volunteer Newsletter editions and said, “the Volunteer Program has to be one of the greatest Programs available to High School students and our local communities. It provides a positive and humbling experience for the person wanting to give back to their community.” She also stated “Most volunteers are both eager to learn and eager to help.” Ashley Chanthaphuang, Health Center Manager at our Mendota Clinic said, “Mary Jane has been very supportive of Volunteer Program. She has shown compassion for those who are working as volunteers as she also encourages her children to volunteer in the community. All volunteers have spoken highly of Mary Jane as their first point of contact as a Supervisor



When the Volunteer Program celebrated its 2-year anniversary, an Annual Recognition Award for both Volunteers and Supervisors was rolled out. These awards recognize the hard work and efforts of those who are participating in the program (both volunteers and supervisors). The awards encompass the awesome service of volunteers and the extra efforts of supervisors overseeing these volunteers. Both awards recognize volunteers and supervisors who have gone above and beyond to support our patients, UHC’s Mission, the Volunteer Program an display our ICARE Values in all that they do.  The recipients of these awards receive a certificate to display, a $25.00 gift card and will be spotlighted in the Volunteer Newsletter.

 The 2017 Supervisor of Volunteers Award went to Aaron Aranda, HCA Supervisor at the Kerman Health Center. Aaron has done a fantastic job supervising multiple volunteers at once and supporting their efforts to gain community service hours for scholarships, college and work experience. Aaron was also a great support to the new summer position which was rolled out this past summer called the Outdoor Guest Specialist.

 The 2017 Volunteer of the Year went to Ayyaz Mahmood a senior at Kerman High School who has put in over 235 hours doing an excellent job as an Indoor and Outdoor Guest Specialist. Ayyaz has been spotlighted in 2 Volunteer Newsletters and has committed many hours over the summer supporting the Outdoor Guest Specialist position. He is still currently volunteering a few hours a week to obtain acceptance to a CSU or UC system. Ayyaz has submitted over 6 applications to the UC and CSU systems and plans on applying for a multitude of scholarships in the coming months. Management and staff members all said Ayyaz is a hard-working young man and puts his best foot forward each and every time.


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