Meet Laurel Van Auken of Michigan
Laurel Van Auken
My full-time job is working at a logistics company in the parts department. I also work part-time at a bakery. I am also a paid-on call firefighter with Saugatuck Township Fire Department. All of which keep me busy, and I could not imagine doing anything else with life right now. Any free time I do have, I do shower my dog, Jameson, with as much attention as I can. It’s not unusual to take a Saturday road trip to Northern Michigan and find some hiking trails to enjoy with him.
I strive to embody my Mom's empathy and humility. My mother was someone who knew how to approach anyone with empathy, despite how hard it might have been for her. She knew how to set aside her needs and focus on others. I can only pray to be as good as she was at taking away others' pain and hurt and giving them hope. Even at the darkest moments in their lives, she gave them a light to focus on.
Meet Carole Chisholm of Michigan
I am a licensed master level social worker and co-own a multidisciplinary mental health practice, Claystone Clinical Associates, PLC. I have worked with this group of clinicians for the past 25 + years. I also teach part time for Western Michigan University in the graduate social work department. My volunteer work is with CoreHealth as an eucharistic minister, West Michigan Therapy Dogs with Chewbacca (she is a therapy dog and we volunteer many places in Grand Rapids where dogs make a difference), and Senior Neighbors, Inc., helping with fundraising and development.
I strive to give to others in a way that will make a difference, as Gail would.
Overisel Township Fire Department (MI)
Date of Death: November 2‚ 2000
Gail Lynne Van Auken‚ 41‚ a four-year volunteer with the Overisel Township Fire Department‚ died on November 2‚ 2000‚ in a motor vehicle accident while responding to a fire call. She was a teacher’s aide and taught a fire prevention program that she had developed.