The city has a robust volunteer program to help in providing quality recreational programs and other city services to our residents. City volunteers are a diverse group, including seniors, students, professionals, families, community groups, and many more. Volunteers perform important duties at the Civic Center, Community Center, Minsky Gym, Saints Golf Course, the city's more than 30 parks and other locations throughout the city.
We salute all of our volunteers, and this quarter recognize the following:
Pauline was born and raised in Rhode Island and lived close to the beautiful beaches. Pauline was the sixth child in a family of seven. Pauline married Chris Cunningham who was an electrician. They moved to Connecticut to start their new life together. They have three wonderful children. Pauline’s two daughters work in the medical field and live in Connecticut. Her son lives in California with his wife and daughter, Emily.
Pauline had a long career at a major TV station, WTIC, Channel 3, in Hartford, CT. She started as a secretary and was promoted to a producer for the only women’s program on the network. It was a very exciting career and Pauline met many interesting people.
Chris and Pauline enjoyed travelling and did so extensively. When they journeyed to south Florida, they fell in love with the beauty of the state and its magnificent beaches. They decided to move to Port St. Lucie where Pauline’s siblings retired. Pauline became an active volunteer after her beloved husband Chris passed away. Her first volunteer position was at the Chamber of Commerce. She joined the City of PSL Volunteer Program in 2009 and has since added Saint Lucie West, Martin Medical Center to her volunteer service. She is a 35 year breast cancer survivor and is the perfect volunteer for the Mammogram Dept. She finds her volunteer work to be very fulfilling and rewarding.
The City of Port St. Lucie Volunteer Program, as well as the entire Civic Center staff, feels very fortunate to have such a compassionate and caring volunteer representative at the Civic Center Guest Services desk. Thank you, Pauline, for choosing to donate your services to the City of Port St. Lucie.
Herman Santa was born and raised in Ciales, Puerto Rico. In 1965, Herman moved to Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Manchester Community College and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft’s three year “Technical Training Program.” Herman worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 20 years as a Technical Engineer and Supplier Quality Assurance Inspector. In 1986, Herman received a transfer to Pratt and Whitney in Stuart, Florida. He and his wife Lucy moved to Jensen Beach. Herman and Lucy raised two children and have three grandchildren.
Herman began working for Martin County Board of County Commissioners in the Building and Zoning Department in 1989. He was a County Code Inspector. Herman retired in 2007. In his leisure time, Herman enjoys golfing, bowling or playing dominoes.
Herman also volunteers at a local nonprofit Hispanic social organization of which he is co-founder. He has been volunteering at Saints Golf Course since 2011. His has volunteered as a bagger, starter, picker and a ranger. Being a ranger is his favorite position because he can assist players while helping maintain the golf course.
The City of Port St. Lucie Volunteer Program, as well as the staff at Saints Golf Course, would like to thank Herman for generously choosing to share his gift of time, talent and skills as a valued member of our volunteer team./p>
Mike and his lovely wife retired to Port St. Lucie, Florida from Elmont, New York in 1997. Mike and his wife raised two children who blessed them with two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mike’s volunteer career with the City of Port St. Lucie started in 1998 when he was asked to join the committees for Festival of Lights and Riverwalk. Mike attended many meetings which culminated into various types of events including Festival of Lights, German Festival, Irish Festival, All That Jazz, and many more. Mike was happy and excited to be part of the volunteer committee that initiated and ran these festivals from 2002 – 2006. The Parks & Recreation Department runs the Special Events and Festivals now and Mike is part of their volunteer team. Mike also served on the Mayor’s Task Force Committee for the Crosstown Parkway Project which is still ongoing.
Mike says, “The Port St. Lucie Civic Center has enabled us to have more festivals, cultural events, entertainment shows and community programs. I am proud to be a volunteer, as it has enriched my community and my life.”
The City of Port St. Lucie Volunteer Program, along with the Parks & Recreation Department would like to thank Mike for his numerous selfless volunteer contributions to the City of Port St. Lucie. We are proud to have you on our volunteer team.
Paul Dunckley was born in Long Island, New York. Paul started coaching basketball at the junior high school level on Long Island 14 years ago. Paul moved to Florida 11 years ago. He began coaching Junior Basketball when his sons were younger. They are now 11 and 12 years old. Paul really enjoys coaching because it provides an opportunity to teach kids about playing sports as well as good sportsmanship while having fun. Paul has been coaching for eight seasons in the Junior Basketball Lower and Middle Boys Divisions. Sometimes he will coach both divisions when necessary. Paul loves to watch the progression of a team and the individual players as they start the season at one level and advance to the next level by the end of the season. Paul says, “Seeing every child grow as a player and a person is something that I really enjoy about coaching in the Junior Basketball League.”
The staff at Minsky Gym along with the City of Port St. Lucie Volunteer Program wish to thank Paul for choosing to join our volunteer team. Paul demonstrates exceptional dedication to the youth of Port St. Lucie as a coach, mentor and leader.