Seavoy deserving of Zonta Club’s Evergreen Award

Tami Seavoy is the latest recipient of the Evergreen Award, given by the Zonta Club of Marquette Area.

The award recognizes individuals dedicated to supporting and mentoring women and girls by helping them reach their leadership potential.

Seavoy has served on the Bay Cliff Health Camp board since 2000, having worked on physical speech and therapy programs.

That in itself is admirable, but Seavoy also has volunteered numerous hours during her 20 years volunteering as a librarian at Father Marquette Schools.

Note that in that capacity, she receives a stipend, but donates the money for more books for the children.

Her effort goes beyond even that. Seavoy reads the books before the children can open them to determine if they’re appropriate for the youngsters.

That’s a testament to how Seavoy volunteers in a way many others probably don’t. She takes a basic volunteer task, then improves on it layer by layer.

Seavoy doesn’t stop there. She is a member of the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees and Business School Dean’s Advisory Committee, and works with NMU’s Student Leadership Fellow Program where she’s been a mentor since the program began 26 years ago.

Seavoy is active even at work. She established a “mom office” at Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee and Keefe, PC, the law firm where she’s worked for 28 years. Here, working mothers can bring their young children with them.

It seems like Seavoy manages to help the community in many different arenas, and that’s what defines a great volunteer. Not a good one, but a great one.

In a fun twist to Monday’s award luncheon, Lucille Contois, chairwoman of the Evergreen Award, didn’t name Seavoy as the winner until the end of the ceremony, with Seavoy’s coworkers standing by the back door before the announcement.

Seavoy later said she had no idea she’d be receiving the award.

Seavoy, who is the 11th recipient of the Evergreen Award, said she knows many of the previous winners — women, she said, who have inspired her.

It’s gratifying to see that inspiration recognized. We hope that Seavoy’s selflessness in turn inspires others in the community.

Perhaps they too can be an Evergreen Award winner someday.