Department of Citizen Information and Resources
Office of Aging and Disability Services
June 4, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — On Wednesday, Chesterfield County celebrated the volunteer work of seven seniors at a virtual ceremony for the 38th Annual Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates local seniors who have rendered outstanding services to their community. The seven nominees have performed a combined total of over 31,000 hours of volunteer service since they each turned 60.
This year’s nominees were:
Of the seven nominees, Thomas Hoekstra, Shirley Jezierski and Karen Poole were inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame:
Tom Hoekstra was nominated by Bruce Kozlowski. As a member and leader of the Motorist Assistance Team, Hoekstra feels this community service has been his most significant volunteer contribution. He has also volunteered as an Officer of Elections, assisted in advocacy work for the Swift Creek Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group, the Woodlake Community Association, with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and served as manager of landscaping teams and projects at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Hoekstra was starting a new volunteer data analysis job for the Traffic Unit of the Chesterfield Police Department when the COVID-19 crisis arose. As a Chesterfield County resident of 20 years, he has volunteered 8,100 hours since the age of 60. Before his retirement, Hoekstra was an engineer with the Apollo Program and Bell Labs Telecommunications.
Shirley Jezierski was nominated by Richard Patch. Ms. Jezierski has provided outstanding service to the community for 30 years as the music director of the Belles and Beaux group at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church. This group leads weekly sing-alongs at six area senior living facilities in addition to their rehearsals and performances for individuals in hospice care rooms, funerals and other special services. Through her leadership, she has also helped her fellow singers by providing them a meaningful way to help care for older adults in the community. Jezierski’s work has benefited residents of senior living facilities, families in times of need and the singers themselves. She works diligently to handle song selections, coordinate activities, rehearsals and communications. A resident of Chesterfield County for 50 years, Jezierski has volunteered 2,088 hours since the age of 60.
Karen Poole was nominated by Sharon Charles. Poole provides volunteer service to numerous organizations and programs, and some of her current service includes volunteering at St. Francis Hospital, driving with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program, leading outreach programs for Trinity United Methodist Church and managing a coat collection and distribution program for families in need. In addition to these service activities, she has also volunteered for Trinity United Methodist Church, Camp Baker and the Thomas Dale High School Prom Closet. Poole donates her time generously, yet she always seems to find additional ways to help those who are less fortunate. She is a retired teacher and school administrator in Chesterfield County, where she has resided for 47 years. Ms. Poole’s volunteer hours since the age of 60 total 6,633. Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, she has also made and donated over 350 masks.
In addition to the virtual ceremony, the three inductees will be recognized by the Board of Supervisors with a special resolution acknowledging their volunteer services at the June 24 meeting.
The Senior Hall of Fame is managed by the Department of Citizen Information and Resources’ Office of Aging and Disability Services, the Chesterfield Council on Aging and the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame Committee. It was founded by Dorothy Charles in 1982 through her work with the Senior Council and the Board of Supervisors. Since then, nominees have ranged in age from 60 to 98 years of age.
To qualify, nominees must be at least 60 years old and reside in Chesterfield County. Volunteer service performed by the nominees may have been performed outside the county, but only service performed after the nominee turned 60 is considered during the nomination process.
To learn more about the Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame, the Chesterfield Council on Aging or the services and resources offered to seniors by Chesterfield County, visit the Office of Aging and Disability Services webpage, call 804-768-7878 or email AgingServices@chesterfield.gov.