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Community Volunteers

Volunteer Karen Brainard Helps Local Kids Gain Self-Confidence
10 months ago

Volunteer Karen Brainard Helps Local Kids Gain Self-Confidence

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Helping Our Kids

Karen Brainard moved to the Seven Oaks community of Rancho Bernardo 13 years ago. She loves the small-town feeling she finds there, with friendly people, great residents, …
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PQ Volunteer Marilyn Sedlund Teaches Girl Scouts How to Backpack
12 months ago

PQ Volunteer Marilyn Sedlund Teaches Girl Scouts How to Backpack

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Local Trailblazer

PQ volunteer Marilyn Sedlund has a deep-rooted connection to the outdoors. “I grew up as a Girl Scout,” shared Marilyn. “My parents didn’t camp, but my Girl Scout …
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PQ Volunteer Jaclyn Colton Coaches Soccer for the YMCA
1 year ago

PQ Volunteer Jaclyn Colton Coaches Soccer for the YMCA

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Creating a Team

Although she and her husband grew up in Maryland, Rancho Peñasquitos has been home to Jaclyn Colton and her family for the past two-and-a-half years, where they …
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Kathy Lam is Committed to Helping Comfort Others Through Pet Therapy
1 year ago

Kathy Lam is Committed to Helping Comfort Others Through Pet Therapy

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The Power of Paws

Almost two decades ago, Kathy Lam was inspired to help those who were suffering. Watching 9/11 unfold on television, Kathy explained, “I was moved by the …
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Volunteer Dana McPherson Appreciates the Wonder of Little Smiles and Big Landscapes
2 years ago

Volunteer Dana McPherson Appreciates the Wonder of Little Smiles and Big Landscapes

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Caring on Campus

What began as a way to support her son’s education has turned into much more for PQ’s Dana McPherson. Beginning her volunteer journey at Sunset Hills Elementary …
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Eric Occhipinti Founded March for Mothers Inc. for Children In Need
2 years ago

Eric Occhipinti Founded March for Mothers Inc. for Children In Need

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Delivering Hope

Eric Occhipinti, a lifelong resident of Rancho Peñasquitos, proclaimed, “I enjoy living here because, as they say, ‘Home is where the heart is,’ and my heart beats for …
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Darshana Patel Strives to Serve the Community With Efficiency, Passion, and Pride
2 years ago

Darshana Patel Strives to Serve the Community With Efficiency, Passion, and Pride

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The Joy of Service

Darshana Patel finds joy in helping others and is energized by civic engagement. She was just recently elected as a Poway Unified School District (PUSD) Board …
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Betty King Makes a Difference Through Her Work With Christian Musical Enrichment Theatre
2 years ago

Betty King Makes a Difference Through Her Work With Christian Musical Enrichment Theatre

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Touching Lives Through Theater

San Diego native Betty King grew up loving musical theater and dance. She participated in her first play when she was in third grade, minored in …
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John Marsden Inspires the Members of Boy Scout Troop 667
2 years ago

John Marsden Inspires the Members of Boy Scout Troop 667

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Scout’s Honor 

One year ago, John Marsden fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 667. “I am an Eagle Scout and had been out of scouting …
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PQ Volunteer James “Jas” Arnold Leaves a Legacy of Positivity and Kind Deeds 
2 years ago

PQ Volunteer James “Jas” Arnold Leaves a Legacy of Positivity and Kind Deeds 

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IN MEMORIAM Celebrating a Purposed Life

Jas Arnold, a hiking and environmental enthusiast, called Rancho Peñasquitos home for 29 years. While a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis left Jas wheelchair-bound, he …
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