Knox named Y’s vol­un­teer of the year

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Cov­ing­ton

Long­time Cov­ing­ton Y board mem­ber Dal­ton Knox is the Y’s 2011 Vol­un­teer of the Year.

“Dal­ton was cho­sen be­cause of his gen­uine concern and work with the Y and com­mu­nity and his con­sis­tent lead­er­ship dur­ing the last six years,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Louly Hay-Kapp. “Dal­ton has such a big heart and real pas­sion for the work of the Y and the chil­dren in the com­mu­nity, and he is one of the most com­mit­ted peo­ple I’ve ever worked with.”

Knox, who lives in the county, has served on the Y’s board of direc­tors for six years, in­clud­ing the past three as chair­man. In ad- di­tion to help­ing Hay-Kapp with the monthly board meet­ings, Knox vol­un­teers at Y events, helps with fundrais­ing and pro­vides gen­eral sup­port.

“First, it was a very big sur­prise. I’m cer­tainly hon­ored to be named vol­un­teer of the year and ap­pre­ci­ate very much that Louly, the board and staff felt I de­served that honor,” Knox said.

“What touches my heart (about the Y) the most is giv­ing the chil­dren a place to come and grow up in sports. We have a pool in the sum­mer­time, af­ter day care, dif­fer­ent sport­ing events; a lot of fam­i­lies are strug­gling in so many ways and wouldn’t have those op­por­tu­ni­ties with­out the Y in place.”

He will re­ceive a plaque and be of­fi­cially hon­ored at the Metro Atlanta YMCA Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion Din­ner on Nov. 7.

“He and his fam­ily are very much a part of ev­ery­thing we do at the Y and are still go­ing to be around ev­ery day,” HayKapp said, not­ing that Knox is no longer chair­man, but re­mains a board mem­ber.

Be­cause the Y is a vol­un­teer-driven or­ga­ni­za­tion, Y of­fi­cials make it a point to honor and thank vol­un­teers.

“We al­ways want to cel­e­brate all of our vol­un­teers, but then rec­og­nize those that go over and be­yond what we ask of them,” Hay-Kapp said.

Y swim coach and in­struc­tor Gregg Ell­wanger was the 2010 Vol­un­teer of the Year.

DAL­TON KNOX

VOL­UN­TEER

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