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Soroptimists issue awards to local women

February 20, 2013 by

inda Michaelson, l-r, Susan Gunalda and Soroptimist Loretta Monaco enjoy a photo opp in light of Gunalda receiving the Women of Opportunity award.

Linda Michaelson, l-r, Susan Gunalda and Soroptimist Loretta Monaco enjoy a photo opp in light of Gunalda receiving the Women of Opportunity award.

Soroptimists of Lakeview recently recognized two local women through the Violet Richardson and Women of Opportunity award programs.

Lakeview High School senior Mandi Brooks received the Violet Richardson award, which is given to young women under the age of 18.

In her essay, Brooks described her involvement as a volunteer and experiences shadowing nurses at Lake District Hospital, as well as involvement in Bobbie Steninger’s first responder, athletic training, medical terminology and health careers classes over the past four years.

“In the classes, I have learned medical terminology, observed many surgeries, became a first responder and have had the opportunity to go for an hour a day during the school year to several departments in the hospital to experience various job opportunities,” she said.

Surgeries observed ranged from knee arthroscopy, hernia repair and j-wire breast biopsy procedures to a Caesarian birth.

Brooks indicated her plans to attend Western Oregon Monmouth this fall, where she plans to study to become a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics.

“My dream is to become a nurse that no one forgets,” Brooks indicated in her essay. “I believe my volunteer work will continue to further my knowledge and build dreams for my future.”

The Violet Richardson award is named after the founder of the Soroptimists International organization, and recognizes young girls who work to make the world a better place through volunteer efforts.

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