Volunteers with Special Olympics (SOVA) sometimes help a few hours here and there, and sometimes volunteer many hours each month and all volunteers are deeply appreciated. SOVA Area 6 is blessed to have many volunteers with many talents who volunteer many hours. We would like to recognize one such volunteer who was recently recognized in her ‘other’ full-time job. Michelle Shores is a board member of SOVA Area 6, our Fund Raising Director, a big supporter of her brother Tony who has Down Syndrome AND a full-time Nurse. Not only is she a nurse, she has recently been recognized by the March of Dimes in the top ten for the Nurse of the Year Award for 2012.
Michelle was nominated for the Nurse of the Year Award by Karin Koch, the Chesterfield Community Local Coordinator for SOVA Area 6. She was recognized in the top 10 for her group out of hundreds of awards applicants. Michelle would like to thank Karin Koch and her Dad, Kenny Cade for their wonderful nominations and would also like to thank everyone who voted for her. She believes that without the support of her Special Olympics family, her values and determination in life would not be the same.
Growing up Michelle thought she wanted to be a teacher because she knew she wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. After graduating from high school she saw a commercial for nursing and from that moment on she knew that she was meant to become a nurse. Having a brother with Down Syndrome and going to many events where there were kids with intellectual disabilities made her realize that just one person can make a difference. Nursing to Michelle is not just a job or a career, it’s an adventure, a continuous learning process that she approaches bravely each day, in search of life changing events and miracles. Touching the lives of others is something she enjoys doing daily, whether the help she provides is of great measure or remains unnoticed. The pride she holds in saying, “I’m a nurse” is immeasurable.
Michelle and her mother Tracy Cade have been very active in Special Olympics in the Richmond area. Michelle’s brother Tony, one of our very active Athletes, competes in many of the athletic sports offered by SOVA Area 6 and Michelle and Tracy are tireless volunteers wherever and whenever needed. Without volunteers like Michelle and Tracy and many others, our Athletes would not have the ability to play in so many sports, staying active, making friends and learning to compete with grace. Volunteering with Special Olympics is one way to make a difference in this world. Thank you Michelle and Tracy! And congratulations Michelle in doing a great job both in nursing and Special Olympics!