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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission today announced the 43 winners ⁠of the 2019 Governor's Service Awards. Included among them was Jelanie Bush, a long-time supporter of TrueNorth Community Services and Camp Newaygo.

The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

“Our state is lucky to have such outstanding Michiganders who work hard every single day to build a home for opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s uplifting our neighborhoods or bringing communities together when tragedy strikes, they do this work even when nobody's looking because they know that every contribution makes a huge impact,” Whitmer said. “I’m proud to present the Governor’s Service Awards to this year’s recipients as recognition of their sacrifice and dedication throughout our state.”

The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Detroit Opera House. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, visit

The winners include: (Click the winner’s name to view their full biography or visit for more information)

Gov. George Romney Lifetime Achievement AwardLloyd Reuss (Bloomfield Hills)

Lifetime Humanitarian AwardAllan D. Gilmour (Birmingham), William F. Pickard (Bloomfield Hills)

Spirit of Hope AwardRochelle Riley (Detroit)

Volunteer of the YearAnn T. Fillmore (Coleman), Kimberly Ismail (Dearborn), Michelle Shepherd (Rochester), Richard Stringfield (Saginaw)

Senior Volunteer of the YearJelanie Bush (Newaygo)Mildred Bond Johnson (Muskegon), Karl Knauf (Bellaire), Grace LaValley (Marquette), Regina Malczewski (Midland), Heide McNichols (Traverse City), Mary Ann Ryan (Pontiac)

Youth Volunteer of the YearAddy Battel/Pearl Daskam (Cass City/ Ubly), Danielle Boyer (Troy), Emma Eimers (New Haven), Amogh Gowda (Troy), Jocelyn Hines (Muskegon)

Mentor of the YearGrant Smith (Waterford), Stacie Zotkovich (Commerce Township), Charles Johnson (Southfield), Donald Ferguson (Lake Orion)

Outstanding Volunteer ProgramFriends in Deed (Ypsilanti), Give A Kid Projects (Holt), Portage Health Foundation (Hancock), Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor), United Way of Genesee County (Flint)

Outstanding National Service ProgramFamily Literacy AmeriCorps Program (West Michigan), Michigan Education Corps AmeriCorps Program (Statewide), Michigan Nonprofit Association Pathways to Employment VISTA Program (Lansing)

Corporate Community LeaderBASF (Wyandotte), Bosch (Farmington Hills), DoubleTree by Hilton (Port Huron), DTE Energy (Southeast Michigan), Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids), Trinseo (Midland)

Education Service LeaderDetroit PAL (Detroit), Detroit Public Television (Southeast Michigan), Grand Blanc Community Schools (Grand Blanc), Wayne County Community College District (Southeast Michigan)

The Governor's Service Awards ceremony is an annual statewide recognition event acknowledging the contributions made by Michigan volunteers. The event is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), the state’s lead agency on volunteerism. The MCSC strives to engage all Michigan residents in volunteerism to address critical community challenges. For more information, visit


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