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Celebrating Red Cross Marin County Volunteers

MILL VALLEY, CA (June 25, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is proud to announce this year’s Marin County Volunteer of the Year, Bob Ganiard.

The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and who has contributed significantly to operations, programs, and services as well as the mission of the Red Cross.

Bob has shown great dedication in helping the Red Cross meets its mission both at the local and national levels. He has been volunteering with the Red Cross for more than 15 years, has gone on many national disaster operation deployments, and has more than 11,000 volunteer hours with Red Cross. In 2012, Bob volunteered 830 hours. He is always available to help mentor others volunteers. Bob has also served as a Liaison to FEMA Region IX for the American Red Cross and has provided input in a National discussion on how to facilitate Mass Care services after an emergency or disaster. He has helped increase the number of government liaisons who can work at FEMA’s Regional Response Coordination Center.

Bob handles all tasks -- big and small -- from processing donations to saving a bird that flew into the office and could not get out. He will now serve as the Disaster Services Chair for Marin County.

Outstanding volunteers honored at the Marin County Volunteer Awards and Recognition Event held on April 30 also included:

  • John Nickols, Rookie of the Year
  • Joan Capurro, Jonathan Logan and Canal Alliance, Good Neighbor
  • John Woodbridge, Spirit of Excellence
  • Nancy Henning and Jodie Wilson, Disaster Services
  • Deborah Bonner, Phil Rollins, General Support
  • Danile Werner and Carlos Garcia-Bedoya, Community Preparedness
  • Kevin Hall, Health and Safety
  • Tessa Shvedoff, Volunteer Supervisor
  • Karen Colabianchi, Services to Armed Forces
  • David Glaubinger, Bob Ganiard, President’s Lifetime Volunteer Service
  • Carol Freedman, John Woodbridge and George Eade, President’s Volunteer Services
  • Committed, compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. In the Bay Area, more than 2,000 dedicated people volunteer their time and energy to fulfill the Red Cross mission and help us strengthen our local community. For more information about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, please call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more.

    About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

    As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.