In honor of National Volunteer Week, the City Commission honored a group of volunteers by awarding them the “Lynne Johnson Award” at the Commission Meeting held on Wednesday, April 19.

David Gulkis was recognized for the “Youth Making a Difference” category. He is a member of the Coral Springs Fire Department Explorer Program, and participates at numerous monthly events promoting fire safety and education. He is always positive and takes on a leadership role at the events he attends.

The City Commission also recognized Bess Dias in the “Seniors Making a Difference” category. She has been a dedicated volunteer since 2013, devoting her time weekly to the Fire Academy and Human Resources. Her efforts have saved the City money by not having to contract for the services she provides.

For the “Working with Youth in Sports” category, the Commission recognized Michael Gorelick. Over the years, Mike has been involved with the City’s Flag Football, Youth Soccer and Ultimate Flag Football leagues.  He currently serves as President of the Coral Springs Flag Football Club and has been instrumental in transforming the league into a premier organization.  Mike loves spending time with the kids, and is committed to helping them develop skills through teamwork and having fun.

Phyllis Levitt was recognized for the “Committed to Enhancing City Services” category. She has been a volunteer for the past 13 years. She devotes her time to the City’s Building Division and is always very dependable and is always willing to help out when needed.

Lastly, the City’s Code Rangers received an award in “Enhancing the Lives of Coral Springs Residents” category. Lou Brawer, Bob DeRoner, Errol Duboulay, John Hand, Carol Hollins, Jenny Jominy, Ted Mena, Gordon Smith, and Farine Vilsaint are an invaluable resource to the Code Compliance Division.  The Rangers are local residents who are committed to preserving property values and help to enforce city ordinances and code concerns which impact the community.  They spend countless hours training, conducting inspections, and also help to encourage residents and property owners to gain compliance by educating them about City codes and regulations.

These awards were named after Lynne Johnson in 2009 in memory of her dedicated volunteer service to the City of Coral Springs. The City will continue to honor volunteers annually with the receipt of the “Lynne Johnson Award.” Applications will once again be available next year.

The City of Coral Springs encourages volunteerism for people of all ages and values their contributions to make Coral Springs the premiere city in which to live, work and raise a family.