Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame
Celebrating Seniors' Outstanding Service
The Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates Chesterfield seniors who have rendered unusual or outstanding services to their community. Founded by Dorothy Charles in 1982 through her work with the Senior Council and the Board of Supervisors., those recognized by the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame have ranged in age from 60 to 98 years.
Chesterfield County residents age 60 or older who support our community through their volunteerism, are eligible for the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame. Please not that this recognition is for individuals only - couples and groups will not be considered. A nominee may be nominated more than once but they will be inducted into the Hall of Fame only once. Nominees' volunteer work outside the county is eligible for consideration.
Nominators can be neighbors, friends, churches, senior groups, non-profit service agencies, organizations and businesses. Anyone who can verify the nominee’s qualifications for recognition may nominate. The nominator is responsible for providing complete and accurate information regarding the individual’s service.
Three Chesterfield residents, Sarah Gregory, Mary Katterfield and David Peat, were inducted into the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame during the 2022 ceremony. The inductees were selected from a group of 17 nominees for the 2022 Senior Hall of Fame class and join the 86 previous inductees.
Sarah Gregory, a lifelong Chesterfield resident, is a longtime local volunteer. As a leader of 4-H groups, she teaches kids development skills, leadership, family life skills, crafts, sewing and public speaking. She uses her experience in textiles to lead an annual holiday multi-generational outreach program; the 4-H youth craft handmade stockings that are filled and given to semi-homebound seniors. At the Chesterfield County Fair, Gregory has served as superintendent of 4-H programs for more than 30 years, checking in items for exhibits and judging and supervising 4-H youth keeping the grounds clean. She also is a Commonwealth Girl Scout leader and teaches girls parliamentary procedure, leadership, how to conduct a flag ceremony, sewing, camping and business skills in their annual cookie sales. Gregory served the Blackwell Elementary PTA in the classroom, helped students plant and maintain a school garden and chaperoned field trips. She currently serves as a member of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia’s Black History Committee.
Following a career that spanned more than 40 years, Mary Katterfield relocated to Chesterfield for retirement. On her first day in the county, she visited the Aging and Disability Services office to introduce herself and explore volunteer opportunities. Katterfield enrolled in citizen academies for Chesterfield Police, Fire & EMS, government and schools. She became a board member for Chesterfield Triad and joined the Council on Aging, volunteering for programs and events hosted by all of these organizations. She has also served the county as an election officer and a jury commissioner. Katterfield became a certified Master Gardener and provides outreach program service for Chesterfield’s Cooperative Extension Office. She has organized library fundraisers and tutored second and third grade students. Four years ago, she started the Solo Traveler program at Stonebridge Recreation Center, which provides education on relevant and current topics for those who would like to travel solo—and feel comfortable with doing so.
David Peat, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and his wife have lived in Chester since 1978. Through the Senior Connections’ Volunteer Money Management Program (VMMP), he helps clients pay their bills and manage their finances, enabling them to make educated financial choices and help reduce predatory practices aimed at vulnerable clients. Peat hosts a weekly Bible study at Lucy Corr Assisted Living; he sets up the room and leads the group in prayer, song, and the spoken Word. He is also director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at his church. He ensures they have instructors to lead classes, supplies and materials, and serves as a substitute when needed. For 10 years, Peat served as president of his community’s homeowners association, presiding over the architectural review board and monitoring the HOA’s budget and expenditures. When asked what he does with his time now that he's retired, Peat replied, “Find a way to volunteer - I have a fully loaded life and I love it!”