Mercy grants Ruth Calta Community Service Award

Pam Belskis, Marilyn Chavalia, and Peggy Battle with (back row) previous Ruth Calta Community Service Award winners JoAnn Childress (the one without the glasses),  Nancy Gray, Jane Baran and  Marge Dziama.

Pam Belskis, Marilyn Chavalia, and Peggy Battle with (back row) previous Ruth Calta Community Service Award winners JoAnn Childress, Nancy Gray, Jane Baran and Marge Dziama.

The Mercy Board of Trustees  awarded the prestigious Ruth Calta Community Service Award during a ceremony on Sunday, October 6.

The annual award recognizes individuals affiliated with Mercy who exemplify Ruth’s commitment to serving others and are making a difference in our community.

This year’s finalists were Peggy Battle, volunteer at Mercy Women’s Health Center and the Mercy Thrift Shop, Marilyn Chavalia, volunteer with Mercy’s Parish Nursing program, and Pam Belskis, volunteer at Mercy Women’s Health Center and spiritual care services department.

Peggy Battle

Peggy Battle

The Award went to Marilyn, 82, who has been a nurse for 35 years.

Introducing the finalists, Mercy Trustee Dr. Alexander Zolli invoked the biblical roots of all three ladies’ spirits of volunteerism. Citing scripture, Dr. Zolli quoted the words of Jesus, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as ransom for many (Mark 10:42-45).

 

Pam Belskis

Pam Belskis

In that spirit, Marilyn, Peggy and Pam each expressed gratitude for their opportunities to serve the community through Mercy and make a difference in the life of the community.

The Ruth Calta Community Service Award was established in 2006 by the Mercy Board of Trustees.  The award is named in recognition of Ruth Calta.  Ruth lived in Lorain, and her vision and determination made Lorain County a much better place to live, work and receive health care.  She was an inspiring, dedicated woman who made a tremendous difference through her lifelong service to the community.

Marilyn Chavalia

Marilyn Chavalia

The Ruth Calta Community Service Award is Mercy’s way of honoring her legacy. The award recognizes individuals affiliated with Mercy who exemplify Ruth’s commitment to serving others and are making a difference in our community.

The Ruth Calta Community Service Award recipient’s picture are displayed on a recognition plaque in the main lobby of Mercy Regional Medical Center.

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