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Good deeds, good times, good causes

February 10, 2014 | Camden, Media Coverage

Originally published in Burlington County Times

Valeria Galarza

Valeria Galarza, Camden County program director for the Y and project manager of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden, has been named Angel of the Year by the South Jersey Young Professionals Association.

It’s been a season of good deeds, honors and accomplishments. In the month that includes Valentine’s Day, here are some heartwarming reports of kudos-worthy neighbors and causes.Maybe we don’t think enough about architecture, but we should not forget that it’s all around us, and is a key part of our everyday life, according to someone who clearly recognizes that. Kimberly Bunn of Moorestown, owner and principal of Bunn Architecture, is the recently installed president elect of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ).

The local organization, which was founded in 1900, is now comprised of 2000 members in six regional sections.

For a total of 22 years, in two separate stints, Sister M. Elizabeth Corry served as president of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. The award established in her honor is regarded as a most prestigious one, and this year, the recipient is Janice Green of Delanco.

Green is an accountant at LIFE at Lourdes, a Pennsauken-based program that allows seniors to remain in their homes by providing them with a team of health experts.

Green’s award is actually in recognition of her going the many extra miles to be of help to seniors beyond her work hours. This accountant is credited with taking a terminally ill woman to church every Sunday, and to her home for dinner. She also finds the time to deliver home-cooked meals to lonely LIFE participants.

In an ongoing effort to enhance the lives of its employees, The Evergreens in Moorestown establishes scholarships for staff members who demonstrate exemplary service.

Julie Dura of Riverside, who is an activities aide at the continuing care facility, has received a $2,000 grant which she will use at Burlington County College to pursue her nursing degree.

Also receiving recognition is Dennis Davis of Delanco, a member of the dining services team. Davis hopes to apply the his $500 grant to continue his education at BCC, where he is studying to be a physical therapist.

Photography is undoubtedly an art form, and one that has captivated a Moorestown Friends School senior.

Carl Durkow was named a finalist in the Drexel University High School Photography Contest. Over 1,350 photos were

submitted from across the country, and the field was narrowed down to 225 images that received recognition. An exhibit of the finalists will run from through March 10 at the Drexel University Photography Gallery at the Paul Peck Building, 33rd and Arch streets, Philadelphia.

The YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties has announced that Valerie Galarza of Voorhees, Camden County program director for the Y and project manager of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden, has been named Angel of the Year by the South Jersey Young Professionals Association (SJYPA). Each year, the SJYPA presents the Halo Award to one young professional who exemplifies an extraordinary commitment to the betterment of South Jersey.

Galarza is credited with leading initiatives that address food issues, and combat the ongoing and critical epidemic of childhood obesity.

Ovarian cancer is a deep concern to women, and to the medical community. The Liberty Bell Bank’s Moorestown office recently hosted and sponsored an Ovarian Cancer Awareness event in which ovarian cancer survivor Anne Gutos of Moorestown shared her own story.

Also present as a speaker was Dr. Meredith Crisp, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Cooper Medical School at Rowan.

The sales and marketing director of Maple Shade’s Sensational Host food service company was named winner of the Campbell Soup Company’s Extraordinary Leadership Award. The award recognizes Keegan Gosik for promoting the interests of Southern New Jersey and its business community. Gosik is chairman of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee.

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