Volunteers in Westmoreland County

Volunteer Recognitions

Attention 2019 WAVA Member Agencies:

Recognize one of your volunteers at our upcoming

WAVA Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon to be held


Thursday, December 19, 2019


Ferrante’s Lakeview




Volunteers Recognized at  2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon!


The Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) are proud to announce their annual volunteer awardees for 2018. At a Holiday Luncheon at Lakeview Restaurant in Greensburg on December 14, 2018, two volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Westmoreland County community.

Left to Right: Pastor Elaine Frantz and Volunteer of the Year Awardee, Debra Flinner from Word of Life Church, Greensburg

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Debra Flinner of North Huntingdon.

Six years ago, Debra founded a support group for hurting children at Word of Life Church, Greensburg. The group is called LIGHT which stands for Leaning into God’s Healing Touch.  Miss Debbie and her team help children who are dealing with divorce, death of a loved one, a parent’s recovery from addiction, or other painful life issues.  Through activity stations, play therapy and caring conversations, LIGHT shines through the darkness of family trauma.  “The kids love it and their smiles light up our church”, stated Children’s Pastor, Elaine Frantz, who nominated Debra. She is one of the most positive people I know and is heaven-sent.  Debra’s labor of love has a ripple effect on our community. Parents are encouraged when their children are encouraged. She gives our community hope.”

Left to Right: Lauren Suprano and Emerging Volunteer of the Year, Leann Distillo of Heritage Hospice.

The Emerging Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Leanne Distillo of Natrona Heights. Leanne is a faithful and committed volunteer with Heritage Hospice.  She supports the administrative staff in helping with tasks requested of her and trains other volunteers.  She specializes in assembling our facility and orientation binders, consent packets and marketing needs; coordinates bereavement mailings and newsletter distribution.  “Leanne is in tune with what needs to be done and initiates its completion”, stated Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Suprano, who nominated her. “Leanne exemplifies our mission and her leadership in the office compliments our service to our patients and families, whose comfort is in our hands”.   

Left to Right: Pastor Elaine Frantz,, Volunteer of the Year, Debra Flinner, Emerging Volunteer of the Year, Leann Distillo and Lauren Suprano