The ideal volunteer has a positive attitude, a willing spirit, a humble nature and tenacity when tackling problems. Pamela Burkard has all of these attributes.
Pam has always taken pride in being involved in community service. One of her greatest personal victories was riding 100 miles around Lake Tahoe, CA, participating in a Century Ride and raising the most money on her team for cancer research.
Having worked through her own illnesses, Pam is dedicated to her present work and has become an integral part of the mission of The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler in offering compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families.
Pam oversees volunteers and does grocery shopping for the New Smyrna Beach Hospice House. She also organizes holiday projects. Pam helped create a children’s corner at the Port Orange Care Center furnished with activities to give children a place to feel comfortable while visiting a dying loved one. She volunteers at the Lawrence E. Whelan Begin Again Children’s Grief Center and at Camp Begin Again, both are services of The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler offering support to community children who have had a loved one die.
Pamela Burkard was nominated by The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler for the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year awards presented by the United Way’s Volunteer Center of Volusia-Flagler Counties, FL, and Bright House Networks. Because of her work with Hospice, Pamela was chosen as the Winner in the Adult Volunteer Category.
“This experience of volunteering . . . It warms the spirit, sparks the ray of hope, challenges and rewards you, strengthens and defines the character, becomes a part of who we are, enriching life,” Pamela Burkard said.