Scottsdale volunteer earns Red Cross Partnership Award

Ashley Fairchild, left, and Leah McCormack are this year’s recipients of the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Partnership Award. (Submitted photo)

Ashley Fairchild, left, and Leah McCormack are this year’s recipients of the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Partnership Award. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale resident Leah McCormack and Red Cross employee Ashley Fairchild of Phoenix received the Partnership Award from the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter.

They were among nine people presented with awards March 28 during the Breakfast of Champions. The breakfast event honored the Grand Canyon Chapter’s 1,350 adult and youth volunteers who are trained to use their Red Cross skills to help save lives.

The duo have worked tirelessly to ensure that new and existing Disaster Action Team volunteers have a clear training path for advancement.

Ms. McCormack has been a Red Cross volunteer for about 10 years and is knowledgeable in many areas, including Disaster Action Team, client casework and disaster responses including floods and is a Disaster instructor.

Ms. Fairchild, who lives in Phoenix, has extensive experience with Disaster Action Team, client casework and helping everyone navigate the online learning system.

Both assist with the monthly open house events, ongoing new volunteer orientations, and the Arizona Disaster Leadership Training schedule. They have helped train hundreds of volunteers.

Ms. McCormack has helped Ms. Fairchild achieve instructor certification by allowing her to co-teach a class about client casework and providing emergency assistance class to more than 100 people.

“Together, Leah and Ashley have made the Intake and Training process for new volunteers stronger than ever,” said Sheila Breen, volunteer services specialist for the American Red Cross Arizona Region.

For more information about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, go to www.arizonaredcross.org.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, visit www.arizonaredcross.org.

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