Kathie Valley is very deserving of award from Youth Bureau

Posted 21 May 2015 at 12:00 am


I wish to applaud the recent presentation by the Orleans County Youth Board of the Eileen Heye Adult Volunteer Award to Kathie Valley. A finer recipient could not have been chosen.

The article (click here) describes Kathie’s many volunteer efforts. Even so, I feel readers should know about her as a person.

Kathie is one of the kindest and sweetest people I will ever know. She would do anything for anyone and make it seem effortless. She never expects anything in return.

Several people in our family have passed away in recent years and Kathie has always been one of the first to offer condolences and support to us. At the reception Kathie was always there lending a hand. And many a time we would open our door in the morning to find a gift basket or flowers with no name on it. That is how we would know it was from Kathie!

She is always upbeat and a joy to see. There are times I might see a person approaching and divert my eyes, not wishing to listen to their complaints or whining. Not Kathie. Every time I see her I go out of my way to talk to her. She doesn’t drain one’s battery, she recharges it.

Finally, and most importantly, she has raised a fantastic family. While others in her talented family may receive more recognition, she seems content to be the deep bedrock on which magnificent towers are built.

She is a living guardian angel to many. She has my utmost respect and is so very deserving of the award.

Carl L. Tuohey