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County honors three SCV residents as ‘volunteers of the year’

Posted: April 19, 2013 5:01 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2013 5:01 p.m.

Frank Willard at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center where he volunteers. Willard was honored by Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

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Three Santa Clarita Valley residents — Flo Lawrence, Nadiya Littlewarrior and Frank Willard — were honored as Los Angeles County Volunteers of the Year during a ceremony this week.

Lawrence, the current president of the Castaic Area Town Council, has been a member of the Castaic Lions Club and Friends of Castaic Lake for the past eight years and regularly volunteers in community events.

Reached by phone Friday, Lawrence said he thinks the award is largely a testament to the groups he is involved with.

“I am completely honored,” he said. “But this is a reflection of the organizations I belong to.”

Lawrence has lived in Castaic since 1998 and said he always feels privileged to volunteer in his community, especially at enjoyable events such as those at Castaic Lake.

“When you get to do something fun, it’s not work,” he said.

Willard, a recent graduate from Saugus High School, volunteers regularly at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall, said his mother, Louise.

Willard could not speak with The Signal Friday due to his work schedule.

Louise Willard said her son has spent more than 800 hours volunteering at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center over the past four years.

“He’s over there every day he’s not working,” she said Friday.

Frank’s interest in working with senior citizens as a career is what led him to volunteer at the center, Louise Willard said.

“He said, ‘I really like senior citizens, I love their stories,’” she said. “So we said, ‘OK, go volunteer for a day and see how you like it.’ And over 800 hours later, here we are.”

Both Lawrence and Willard were named volunteers of the year by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Littlewarrior was honored as a volunteer of the year by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Littlewarrior works to coordinate the annual Hart of the West Native American Pow Wow at William S. Hart Park and also is on the Friends of Hart Park board of directors. She could not be reached for comment Friday.

All three volunteers were honored along with other county volunteers during a ceremony Monday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Antonovich established the county Volunteer of the Year award program in 1981, according to spokesman Tony Bell.

“The supervisor believes that volunteerism is a very powerful force in society and a benefit for all our community,” Bell said Friday.
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