Volunteers honored for efforts in Fraser, Clinton Township

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 28, 2021

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MACOMB COUNTY — As part of a countywide effort to thank outstanding local volunteers, residents from Mount Clemens, Harrison Township and Clinton Township were honored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners in a video message.

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners honored 14 volunteers — one for each district and one senior volunteer of the year — April 29. In a video highlighting the accomplishments of each volunteer, Board Chair Don Brown said it was difficult to identify just one individual in each district this year.

“Our volunteers are always stepping up in unique ways,” he said. “It is an honor to share their stories as a means to recognize their good deeds and to inspire others.”

District 9 Commissioner Antoinette Wallace said that when she first met Dawn Sumpter at Mount Clemens High School, she assumed she was a staff member because Sumpter spent so much time at the school. It wasn’t until five years later, well after Sumpter’s son graduated from the school, that Wallace realized Sumpter was a volunteer. She has helped bring back the school yearbook, organizes dances and fundraisers, along with helping with other charity events, volunteering outside of the school and working full-time.

“She is just an amazing volunteer that loves the kids at Mount Clemens and is a second mom to ... them,” Wallace said.

District 10 Commissioner Barbara Zinner recognized Susan Keehn, of Harrison Township, a master gardener who is the chair of the Beautification Committee. Zinner said Keehn is responsible for 17 gardens throughout the community and does all the work at a dozen of them.

“She also has promoted the sculpture program in Harrison Township, brought five incredible and unique sculptures to Harrison Township,” she said. “She is truly a treasure.”

District 11 Commissioner Harold Haugh said volunteering is part of the DNA of Dana Freers, of Fraser.

“Every single event I attend in Roseville and Fraser, I see Dana and her husband and children,” he said. A member of numerous local groups, including the Macomb County Community Health Board, the Macomb County Bar Association, director of Academy of Dreams, president of the Roseville Optimist Club and a member of the Fraser Lions Club, Fraser First Booster Club and the Roseville and Fraser Goodfellows, Haugh said he wanted to “thank you for all that you do for Roseville, Fraser and Macomb County.”

In Clinton Township, District 12 Commissioner Julie Matuzak said she wanted to encourage the efforts of Quiana Dorsey, the director of Untapped Greatness, which aims to motivate, engage and empower the residents of the Quinn Road area of southern Clinton Township.

“She recognized that her community is frequently forgotten by the local government and so she decided to jump in,” Matuzak said.

By organizing events like a water balloon fun day, outside movie nights and giveaways for Halloween, Christmas and Easter, “she’s doing everything she can to empower people in the community, engage them (to) come together and do great things in southern Clinton Township.”

Haugh also honored Janet Dolland, of Fraser, the Senior Volunteer of the Year, who was nominated for the award by the Board of Commissioners’ Older Adult Advisory Committee.

Dolland is active with the Fraser Public Library, the Anton Art Center, Hope United Church of Christ and many other local organizations.

“The time and energy Jan gives to helping others is much, and honoring her with this award is the least we can do,” Haugh said.