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Sandra Jelin Plouffe ’93 Exemplary Volunteer Commendation

The Commendation was established in 2018 in memory of Sandra Jelin Plouffe ’93, who served Friends Seminary as a volunteer for more than 20 years. As an alumna she had roles as class secretary, Alumni Council Co-Clerk, reunion chair, and fundraising volunteer as well as helping alumni find internships. When she became a parent at Friends, she embraced the Friends community and was active in the Parents Association, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee, the auction benefit and as a member of the 2013 Strategic Planning Committee. Sandra exemplified true service to the school she loved and valued. Her time, her energy, her ideas and her leadership made a significant impact on the community in support of the mission of Friends Seminary. 
Recipients of the commendation are members of the Friends Seminary community who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and achievements in service to the School over a number of years and in a number of roles. The School appreciates and honors the contributions of volunteers as it depends on them for their gifts of time and commitment.

From time to time, the administration seeks nominations for the Sandra Jelin Plouffe ’93 Exemplary Volunteer Commendation. All members of the Friends Seminary community are eligible, except for current students, employees and Trustees. It is not necessarily awarded on an annual basis. 

When requested, nominations may be sent to the Principal and should include the names of the nominee and the nominator, and the relationship between the two, as well as qualifications in terms of service to and engagement with Friends Seminary.


Sandra Jelin Plouffe '93

(posthumously) | 2018 

Wendy Levine P'08, '13

Trustee (2003-2014), parent of alumni | 2019

Matthew Annenberg '83, P'20, P'21, P'22

Trustee (2010-2019)

Edes Powell Gilbert '49

Trustee (2003-2006)

Jill Zenker P'20, P'22

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