Mayor Jared Carr has made his selection for the 2022 Mayor Lyle Anderson Gold Leaf Award for Volunteer Service recipients.
Carr selected Katherine (Katie) Schneider as this year youth recipient and Ethel Boyer as the adult recipient.
Schneider, a Lebanon High School senior and daughter of Sam and Lori Schneider, was nominated by her teacher, Sara Light, for her work to create a curriculum for community members about the administration of Narcan – a drug used to combat opioid overdoses.
According to Light, Schneider partnered with Lane Change director, Lauren Mitchell to create the curriculum.
“It is the first of its kind in Laclede County,” Light said.
“Her first session was attended by 20 community leaders representing the faith, volunteer, education and homeless communities, who were able to complete the curriculum, earn their certificate and take home a box of Narcan that could potentially save lives,” Light said.
Schneider said she was inspired to begin this project after she had a friend lose his mother due to an opioid overdose.
“(My friend) didn’t know what Narcan was, and I realized there may be other members of our community who are also not aware of what Narcan is,” Schneider said.
“My goal for this project is to make the community more aware of the opioid epidemic throughout the country, but most importantly, in our community. I want to provide them with the training and knowledge they need to use Narcan, and in turn, save lives.”
Boyer was nominated for the adult award for her dedication to the L-Life Food Pantry. According to her daughter, Dianna Perry, Boyer has volunteered at L-Life preparing and handing out groceries, twice a week, for approximately eight years.
“She is 81 years old and only misses if the weather is bad,” Perry said.
Boyer values the opportunity to serve Lebanon through her service.
"I hate the thought of anyone going without food and L-Life is always ready to help those who need assistance,” Boyer said. “I can at least do my part and hand it out and try to brighten someone's day."
Mayor Jared Carr said choosing this year’s Gold Leaf Award recipients proved difficult because there were several outstanding individuals nominated.
“In the end, Ethel Boyer’s faithful dedication to serving those needing nutritional assistance and Katie’s desire to combat addiction in our community, led both to rise to the top of the list,” Carr said.
“Lebanon would not be the wonderful place it is without the commitment of our dedicated volunteers. We appreciate all the volunteers that work tirelessly to make Lebanon a great place to call home.”
Both Schneider and Boyer will receive their awards at the Lebanon City Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. April 25.