Shelby Roten of West Jefferson was recognized by the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care for extraordinary volunteer service.
She received the Judith Lund Person Hospice Award on Oct. 6, at their annual conference held at Myrtle Beach.
The Person Award is given each year to a hospice volunteer from the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. Chosen from among nominees throughout the two states, Shelby was cited for her selfless commitment to the mission of Hospice, and her admirable service over three decades.
Beginning in the early 1980s, Roten worked along with others, as a member of the Board of Hospice of Ashe County, to promote and develop the organization to serve families as they faced a serious illness. She remains an active volunteer and performed more than 500 hours of service during the past year.
Jennifer Richardson, High Country Hospice volunteer coordinator, nominated Roten and sent a letter describing her dedication to patients and families. When we received the letter announcing that the award was going to be given to one of our volunteers, we were so excited. I could not wait to share the news with Shelby, our staff and her fellow volunteers. said Richardson.
Roten and her husband George traveled to Myrtle Beach to accept the award, accompanied by Jennifer Richardson and Angie Grogan, clinical director, who represented High Country Hospice of Ashe County. Along with the group was James Jordan, a recipient of the gifts that Roten has shared with people throughout Ashe County for 30 years. Jordans wife, Peggy, died in June 2009.
When Shelby, a modest person who does not seek glory or enjoy speaking to large groups, received the award, she stepped to the microphone, and said very simply, Thank you. I accept this award in honor of all the patients and families I have served.
Richardson said, We are so very proud of Shelby, her commitment to Hospice and the special care she gives to each of her patients. I feel honored and blessed to have her as part of our hospice team. Its volunteers like Shelby who make the world a better place.