AARP Virginia is pleased to announce that Olivia Lawrence Dabney of Virginia Beach is one of three recipients of the President’s Award.
AARP Virginia State President Carol Downs recognized Dabney of Virginia Beach an awards banquet during the AARP Virginia All Volunteer Assembly in Richmond on Nov. 12.
“Olivia truly possesses a servant’s heart,” Downs said. “As a Community Ambassador for AARP, her own comment says it all: ‘I want to be a part of AARP and what it stands for. When I go out, I want people to see the spirit of service in me, and I know they do because I am always so exciting to be out representing AARP.”
As a Community Ambassador, Dabney is active in a number of events including Movies for Grownups and monthly luncheon groups. She is also as a presenter on a variety of educational workshops in the Southeast Virginia region.
Olivia has extended her help to other community organizations such as her church, Piney Grove Baptist, and has been a strong voice of activism in her community. In 2001, the Virginia Beach City Council designated October 13, 2001 as Olivia Estelle Lawrence Dabney Day. She is also the recipient of the Urban League Award for outstanding contributions in the Hampton Roads Area, promoting educational initiatives that support interracial understanding and cooperation.
The President’s Award is given to deserving individuals or groups chosen at the AARP State President’s discretion. Past recipients have included exceptional chapter presidents and community outreach, advocacy, and training volunteers who have furthered AARP’s social impact agenda.
The other 2019 President’s Award winners are Nancy Crespo of Manassas, and Jacqueline Robinson of Roanoke.
AARP Virginia held its annual All-Volunteer Assembly in Richmond on Nov. 12, where volunteers were lauded at a banquet. The All-Volunteer Assembly honors AARP Virginia’s most dedicated volunteers. AARP Virginia volunteers provide outreach and advocacy for more than one million AARP members in Virginia as well as all Virginians age 50+, and are committed to community service and helping everyone age with dignity and purpose.
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