By: Sharon Aron Baron
In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Coral Springs city commission honored a group of volunteers by awarding them with the Lynne Johnson Award in memory of her dedicated volunteer service to the city.
The honorees are:
Gomez was recognized for the “Youth Making a Difference” category. He is a student at the Center Academy Preparatory School in Coral Springs. A volunteer since 2016, he has worked in the city’s Building Division sorting and filing clerical records, making copies of building plans and assisting staff with general duties.
Cocks was recognized for the “Seniors Making a Difference” category. She has been a dedicated volunteer since 2011, devoting her time weekly to the Communications and Marketing Department, organizing and scanning for historical purposes. In addition, Cocks volunteers at the Police Department in the Fleet and Facilities Unit, providing administrative support.
Gomez was recognized for the “Working with Youth in Sports” category, He volunteered more than 70 hours to under-served youth in the police-run, Summer BreakSpot program, providing mentoring and leadership on the soccer field. Gomez also made an impact on middle and high school students through his participation in a video to prevent opioid use in teens and young adults.
Khan was recognized for the “Committed to Enhancing City Services” category. He joined the Fire Department’s Clinician Response Team (CRT) two years ago. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Khan is committed to the well-being of first responders, as well as administrative personnel, especially in the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Khan also serves as a member of the Coral Springs Emergency Response Team, providing valued service to fire and police during times of crisis and at events.
Lopez was recognized with an award for “Enhancing the Lives of Coral Springs Residents.” A member of the Multi-Cultural Committee for more than 15 years, Lopez has dedicated countless hours to events that include WorldFest, National Day of Prayer and the International Dinner Dance. Lopez has a tremendous love for the community and her fellow volunteers.
The city will continue to honor volunteers annually with the receipt of the Lynne Johnson Award. Applications will once again be available next year.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.