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Celestine (Cella) Olive is a long-time employee in GCI’s home office and a music minister at her home church, New Hope Christian Fellowship (one of GCI’s Southern California congregations). Recently, Cella and her husband Leonard were honored by being elected as “Volunteers of the Year” for the County of Los Angeles. Only 55 of the 33,000 volunteers working in L.A. County programs received this prestigious award.

Leonard and Cella (at right in the picture below) received their award at an event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles (the award certificate is shown below—click to enlarge). In the brochure given out at the ceremony, New Hope Christian Fellowship was honored for participating in the Covenant for Kids Program in conjunction with the Department of Children and Family Services. The program brings to church children who are in the foster care system.


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5 thoughts on “Members honored”

  1. Super-congrats, Celestine and Leonard on your volunteering award representing a very worthwhile program. I am convinced that volunteerism is maybe the biggest factor in our society to change lives in a positive way–both for the giver and for the recipient. BTW, keep a good eye on that fellow on Leonard’s right side; he looks like the kind that would steal your dessert when you’re not looking . . .

  2. Congratulations Cella and Leonard.
    I am so proud of you and so thankful to know you and your great heart for people!
    God bless you!

  3. Congratulations to both of you..So proud of what you are both doing in and out of the church..Love you my brother and sister!

  4. Such a wonderful and well-deserved award to two of my favorite people! And just think, Cella, I was accompanying you back in the day when we were both (almost) teenagers! Tammy and I are honored to be your friends and so blessed by your various ministries to God’s precious kids! Love and blessings always, R and T

  5. Congratulations you Two!!! You are such a beautiful example of God’s way of doing things…..you still remind me of Joseph & Mary (smile), I can see “Pinkie’s” smiling face…..warm & nurturing.

    Leigh/Paul Sniffen

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