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.