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Volunteer Award Winner:
Bernell Montford

Museum Shop - January 2010

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Museum Shop Volunteer Committee is pleased to honor Bernell Montford as its Volunteer of the Year.

Montford's interest in becoming a volunteer began when a family member became seriously ill and was admitted to the Hershey Pennsylvania Trauma Hospital. During this time Monford and her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Pennsylvania and were comforted by their many kind and caring volunteers. Montford promised herself then and there that she would become a volunteer and give time to her community.

Montford is a Detroiter who worked for Ford Motor Company for 37 years. Prior to retirement, she would bring her grandchildren to the DIA for Activity Day on Fridays. She learned a great deal about her grandchildren at these DIA events, and she also noticed that the museum had a strong, positive effect on them. These experiences convinced her to volunteer. She is currently an officer of the Museum Shop Committee, a hardworking volunteer, and her pleasant personality makes her a natural in dealing with museum visitors. Montford tells us she has learned so much since she began volunteering at the DIA and looks forward to continuing to grow with the experience. The Museum Shop volunteers are delighted to have this enthusiastic volunteer.