Celebrate two Coalition union-represented workers, honored winners of the distinguished David Lawrence Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals and groups across Kaiser Permanente for outstanding community service activities and initiatives.
Margaret “Peggy” Kane, RN, has devoted her professional and personal time to helping cancer, patients and their families.
Peggy, a member of UFCW Local 400, has been an oncology nurse for more than 30 years and regularly volunteers her time, talent, and expertise to multiple cancer-focused organizations in the Mid-Atlantic States region. She works in the Largo, Md., oncology clinic.
She is the co-chair of the American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council for Prince Georges County, and has served as the chair of volunteers for Cure by Design, an annual fashion show and fundraising event of the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She belongs to the Oncology Nurse Society, and often speaks to support groups about managing the side effects of therapy for blood related diseases, as well as provides continuing education programs for oncology nurses on treatment management, diversity, leadership, and presentation skills.
Erica Reynolds, RN, has served as a counselor and head nurse at Camp Horizon in Georgia for the past 15 years.
Erica, a member of UFCW 1996, has served as the union co-lead of her unit-based team at Panola Medical Offices pediatrics. She was honored for her work with Camp Horizon, which offers year-round, no-cost programs to Metro Atlanta youth, ages 8 to 23, in foster care. Fulfilling the camp’s mission to restore dignity and hope to abused and neglected children and teens, Erica and other counselors pair up with a camper to ensure that they receive a week of an adult’s undivided attention. Trust and self-esteem-building activities include swimming, boating, fishing, horseback riding, ropes courses, and tennis.
The campers also learn anger management. Erica recalled an early challenge with her first camper — an 11-year-old girl, who pulled away each time Erica tried to cheer her on: “I wanted to show her selfless, unconditional love with no strings attached.” When they met again several months after the camp, at a Camp Horizon winter outing, “she greeted me with a hug and, to my surprise, even remembered my name. Even when it seemed all was working against us building a lasting relationship, I did make a difference.”