Each year, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is given the gift of millions of hours of generosity on the part of the volunteers. These volunteers make a difference in the lives of thousands of girls in the southern half of the Great State of Alabama. Most would be worthy recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award. They are devoted to their girls, spend lots of times assuring girls have a great experience, and much of their work and effort goes unheralded.
In 2001, Leslie Lerner started to substitute teach at St. Paul's Episcopal School, when her own children were getting older. By 2004, she was working full time at St. Paul's. For many of those years, Leslie has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts, working with St. Paul's students to bring Girl Scouting to students at Augusta Evans School in Mobile. She has inspired her students to provide Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to the students there.
Leslie, as the head of the Community Service Department at St. Paul's, works with students who become class tutors at Prichard Preparatory School, and the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind. St. Paul's students do projects at McKemie Place, the Ronald McDonald House, Animal Rescue Foundation, and Little Sisters of the Poor. Students also do annual service days at Habitat for Humanity and Wilmer Hall. As a part of a St. Paul's education, students are required to perform at least 15 hours of community service per year, and Leslie is a task master to assure the students do the work and do quality work in the community.
Leslie Lerner is driven. She is driven to help others. She is driven to be sure her students assist the largest number of people possible. Leslie has high expectations for herself and her students. She is a servant leader. Leslie is remarkable because she always brings out the best in the people she touches. Her energy and drive have made the St. Paul's Community Service Department an asset to the community.
On behalf of more than 7,000 girls of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, I want to congratulate Leslie Lerner on being selected our 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year.