Our April 2016 STAND!ing Ovation goes to Catalina Torres Award winner David Dolder. David has long been committed to service in the area of family violence and has served the movement in numerous capacities. David was the Executive Director of the Family Stress Center, an organization that merged with STAND! in 2010. He joined STAND!’s Board of Directors at the time of the merger, where he took an active role in fundraising and events and became a strong advocate for the Development and Marketing team.
David has served on both the Change Agent Committee and the Steering Committee. While on those committees, he demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of departments and programs represented as well as serving as a liaison between the staff and the board.
David recently finished his board term, but remains engaged with the important strategic fundraising work of STAND! He attended training for our new sustainable fundraising program last August and since then has played an integral role in the development of that program. Not only does he speak at our STAND! Story Tours at least twice a month, bravely sharing the story of his own journey, but he attends events of other agencies using the same program to get ideas and inspiration. David buys and builds props to enhance the message of STAND!’s tours, participates in another two meetings a month and inspires others on the committee to push the limits of their participation.
Because of his years of commitment and his willingness and ability to work for the betterment of the agency with everyone— from volunteers to donors to staff to board members—David is this year’s Catalina Torres Award recipient. The award is named after a former client and volunteer who became a passionate advocate for STAND! and our mission to end the cycle of multi-generational violence. In 2009, Catalina was killed by the estranged father of her niece and nephew. In honor of her work and passion, STAND! created this award to recognize the volunteer that made significant contributions to our clients and our community during this year.
David accepted his award Thursday night at STAND!'s volunteer appreciation dinner. He credited his parents, who both did volunteer work, with being his models and addressed his fellow volunteers to show his appreciation for their work with STAND!
"Each of us is an ambassador for STAND!," David said. "Talking about family violence is not an easy thing to do and its not something that people really like to hear...but it's our responsibility to find ways to share what we do at STAND!—in saving lives, rebuilding families and changing the future."
Thank you, David, for your longtime commitment to making our community a safe place for all families. STAND! is proud to have you standing with us.