The FOLAR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS. These awards honor the impact of individuals and organizations who have made a difference for our community through exemplary service and philanthropy in support of conserving and protecting the Appomattox River for all to enjoy.
CHAIRMAN’S SERVICE AWARD: RON SVEJKOVSKY, Director of Transportation, Tri-Cities MPO
Ron has contributed significantly to the advancement of bicycle and pedestrian safety and improvements to the regional Appomattox River Trail through regional planning efforts and state transportation funding including Smart Scale CMAQ, RSTP and TAP. His collaborative and inclusive approach to multi-modal transportation planning has a positive impact on the entire region.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: HAYDEN MILLER and Jessica Miller, Petersburg Residents. Jessica is Construction Manager, VDOT Richmond District. This is a family affair, Jessica and Hayden have volunteered many hours toward riparian stewardship and Trail Counts for FOLAR as we work to advance land conservation and connect communities along the Appomattox River Blueway-Greenway.
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: CAPITAL REGION LAND CONSERVANCY, PARKER AGELASTO, Executive Director. Parker and CRLC have contributed significantly to the advancement of conservation along the Appomattox River Blueway-Greenway corridor through successful acquisition of more than 40 acres of land and islands at the Fall Line of the Appomattox River in collaboration with Chesterfield County and FOLAR.
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY AWARD: OWEN PRINTING, WERT SMITH, President and FOLAR Director. Wert and Owen Printing staff have been extraordinarily generous in providing the highest quality communications and educational materials and dedicated volunteer service and philanthropy that helps advance FOLAR and tits mission to conserve, protect, and promote the Appomattox River Blueway-Greenway.
GOVERNMENT AGENCY AWARD: PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM, YOTI JABRI, Director and PARKS & RECREATION, KEITH ROTZOLL, Director and FOLAR Director. Keith and Jabari have provided significant support to our organization and mission through their financial commitment toward improving the Appomattox River Regional Park Trailhead entrance and to improving access to recreation and wellness by providing the new kayak rental station and the annual 5K Trail Run-Walk.