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Volunteer Spotlight: Amber Ruiz-Burleson


Amber Ruiz-Burleson was nominated for the Volunteer of Excellence award for her exceptional service to Service Unit 22 and enthusiasm for making Girl Scouts happen in Eastern Oregon. Amber initially joined Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington as a troop leader, but her excitement for the GS program inspired her to both join the service team and become a council trainer.

Joining the service unit as a troop leader, Amber saw a need and joined the service team as the event and travel coordinator in order to help troops in the area do even more as Girl Scouts. After participating in a rare Outdoor Skills class offered in the area, Amber took the initiative to learn more about what it takes to be a council trainer in order to fill a large hole in her community. She traveled halfway across the state to participate in the annual GSOSW All-Trainers Conference and joined the training corps in order to bring in-person training to other leaders in Service Unit 22.

Amber serves not only the leaders in her area but also works directly with girls by showing them ways to give back their community. She coordinated an Earth Day project for the service unit by partnering with the Hermiston community garden to offer a day of service in which troops could participate. Troops worked to weed, till and install drip lines in the garden plots in order to prepare them for planting. The day was topped off with a potluck lunch for all to enjoy.

Amber provides much needed volunteer support to her community and is a great asset to Service Unit 22. She is a true Volunteer of Excellence!

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