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news News Friday, July 19, 2019 Friday, July 19, 2019 12:24 PM - Friday, July 19, 2019 12:24 PM

Volunteer recognized for dedication

Shrine lady Marcia Walker is 2019 Female Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer recognized for dedication

She is volunteer to the volunteers. Marcia Walker makes it possible for others to help fulfill the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa by processing paperwork for the volunteer services department.

“Marcia has been a delight in my office, and is currently the only volunteer I have working with me,” said Maria Bataclan, the hospital’s volunteer services specialist.

Mrs. Walker’s dedication to her work, her love for her Shriner husband, and willingness to fulfill his legacy after his passing earned her the title of Female Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

Mrs. Walker’s background in accounting made her a great fit for the volunteer services role. She worked 28 years for Pinellas County Government. Before retiring in 2004, she worked as an accounting department manager in the Department of Social Services. Mrs. Walker began volunteering at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa 15 years ago with her husband, Don. “I process volunteer applications, update current volunteer information, prepare monthly reports and maintain records on Shriners drivers,” Marcia said when describing her duties.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mrs. Walker grew up hearing about the great work of Shriners Hospitals for Children in that city. Later, she became familiar with the Tampa Shriners Hospital because of her husband. Mr. Walker was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 252 in Safety Harbor, and the Egypt Shriners in Tampa. “Don believed in the great work the Shriners do to improve the lives of the children. He also enjoyed the fellowship of all the organizations,” Mrs. Walker said.

Employees remember Mr. Walker’s passionate service. “Don was one of our most dedicated and dependable tour guides,” said Alicia Argiz-Lyons, the hospital’s development director. “He was always willing to go out of his way to help our hospital. He was a real gentleman.”

Every day, Marcia helps keep the volunteer services department running smoothly. Mrs. Walker creates tables and files, keeps track of flu shot data and annual health form updates. Patient and caring, Marcia also helps those seeking information in our hospital’s volunteer services office.

“Marcia is very focused and steadfast,” Ms. Bataclan said. “She takes it all in stride, and has a great attitude.”

After Don’s passing in 2006, Marcia continued to volunteer at the hospital. One thing Marcia likes best is seeing patients improve as they receive care. “I enjoy seeing the children and their smiling faces, and laughter in our hospital’s lobby. And what our hospital does to improve their health needs, and the good people who work and volunteer here,” she said.