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Two outstanding volunteers recognized with the 2019 Volunteer Leadership Award

‚ÄčThe Volunteer Leadership Award Selection Workgroup has carefully chosen the winners of the 2019 Volunteer Leadership Award. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have served as officers or chairs of major committees and/or have provided long and distinguished service to the Society at the enterprise-wide level.

The workgroup awarded the 2019 Volunteer Leadership Award to two exceptional individuals. The presentation of this award will take place during the 2019 Nationwide Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit in Dallas.

Please join the Society in congratulating our outstanding 2019 Volunteer Leadership Award recipients,Diana S. Diaz, RN, MS, of Gallatin, TN, and Heddie M. Sumpter of Tampa, FL.

Let's learn more about one of our Volunteer Leadership Award winners, Diana S. Diaz.

In her more than 30 years of service to ACS, Diana has been a volunteer at all levels of our organization. In 1998, she was also recognized with the St. George National Award. She served on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, the former Mid-South Division Board, the Advisory Group on Volunteer Engagement, and continues to serve on the National Volunteer Training Team, and Volunteer Product Council for Volunteer Engagement.

Her contributions to help shape and support the launch, transition, and implementation of the new Volunteer Leadership Model have been recognized at all levels of the organization. During her term as the Mid-South Division Board chair, Diana's strength of leadership was demonstrated as she worked with volunteer leaders in the newly formed North Central Region to stand up the new volunteer leadership model.

Diana is a true role model and positive force for change among both volunteers and staff amid much transition and uncertainty.

Now, let's learn more about the impact that Volunteer Leadership Award winner Heddie M. Sumpter has made on our mission.

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. (DST) member Heddie M. Sumpter began her journey with the American Cancer Society at a local level in 1990 as the committee chair of the former Florida Division's Black Public Education Committee. In the span of her 28-year career as a distinguished and dedicated volunteer with the Society, Heddie gracefully and skillfully grew her and her sorority's involvement with our organization from five states to 50 states.

She has held numerous leadership roles with the organization including member of the former Greater Tampa Operating Unit Board, ACS CAN Ambassador Constituent Team Lead for Congressional District 14, and the former Florida Division Board. She also currently serves on the Tampa Area Board and the enterprise Diversity Council.

Heddie has leveraged her passion and commitment to the fight against cancer in strategic ways resulting in significant outcomes including a national agreement with DST signed by Chris Hansen, ACS CAN president. She has single-handedly grown a local community relationship into one of our most important external partnerships within Diversity and Inclusion. Our ability to engage more than 250,000 professional African American women in cancer prevention, advocacy, and fundraising is unprecedented.

We know you will join us in congratulating these two dedicated volunteers!

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Leadership Award, please contact Caira Turner, senior volunteer recognition manager, at or 919-334-5235. 

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