The Chautauqua Area Community Foundation will honor Paul Hedberg and Ruth Lundin as recipients of this year’s John D. Hamilton Community Service Award.
A reception celebrating the couple is scheduled for September 30 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel.
“Paul and Ruth are an incredible example of how a shared love of community service can bring people together,” said John D. Hamilton Community Service Award Committee Chair Peter Stark. “Our region has benefited greatly from their dedicated service and leadership over the years.”
A native of Jamestown, Hedberg is the former assistant dean of administration at Jamestown Community College. He has held leadership positions with the Chautauqua County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Chautauqua Leadership Network, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. Hedberg is also credited for serving as president of human services research and planning.
It was through the Chautauqua Leadership Network that he met Lundin, a Homewood, Illinois native who had recently moved to Chautauqua County and accepted the position of president of the local Audubon Society.
Lundin spent nearly 20 years leading the Audubon Community Nature Center and developing his passion for the environment by serving on the board of the New York State Audubon Council. She received the Norman I. Stotz Award which honors local members who best demonstrate extraordinary leadership and contributions to the environmental cause. Today, she is president-elect of the Rotary Club of Jamestown and leads its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
Despite busy professional careers and community service commitments, the couple continued to find new ways to spend time together. They have supported local arts through their involvement in the Community Music Project – collecting tickets, volunteering as ushers and even lending their voices to several community productions with the choral group. Lundin also spent more than 20 years on the organization’s board of directors.
In 2008, Hedberg was involved in a car accident that left him with an uncertain future. However, with the unwavering support of his family, Hedberg has continued to make a lasting difference in his community.
Together he and Lundin taught at Chautauqua Striders and remained connected to the many organizations for which they developed a deep passion.
“The lines between Paul and Ruth’s volunteer service, community leadership and professional work are deeply intertwined,” said Tory Irgang, executive director of the Community Foundation. “This is a common theme among past recipients and we are delighted to publicly recognize them for their efforts. And what’s even better, Paul and Ruth are not done contributing to our community!
The reception honoring Hedberg and Lundin is scheduled for Friday, September 30 at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the prize giving at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the event, including how to purchase tickets or send congratulatory messages to recipients, visit crcfonline.org/communityserviceaward or contact the foundation at 716-661-3390.