On April 18, 2017 the City of Lakewood hosted an appreciation luncheon to thank all the senior Lakewood volunteers who have given so much of their time to the community over the past year. Victor Thompson, a long-time Lakewood resident and dedicated community volunteer, received special recognition as the 2016 Older Adult Volunteer of the Year.
“On behalf of the people of Lakewood and my city council colleagues, thank you Victor for all that you have done for our residents and our community,” said Mayor Diane DuBois. “You’ve definitely made life better in Lakewood!”
Victor’s volunteer efforts spread wide throughout Lakewood. For the past ten years, Victor has participated in Lakewood’s annual Volunteer Day event and also encourages members from his church to participate in the event. He volunteers every year at the Lakewood Education Foundation Golf Tournament where he passes out goodie bags to the golfers as they check in. The Thompson family has also volunteered for the past three years at the Del Valle Park Halloween Carnival by operating a game booth and passing out candy.
As an educator, Victor's dedication to youth is evident. He is the founder of National Pacific Islander Educator Network, a non-profit organization that helps Pacific Islander students pursue their educational goals through scholarships, conferences and mentoring. Victor is also on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America Long Beach Area Council, and has served the community through scouts for the past 20 years. Additionally, he is involved with his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served as the Long Beach Area Stake President for ten years.
In addition to volunteering, Victor enjoys playing the ukulele and spreads his joy of music by teaching others how to play. He and his wife, Marie, have raised four children in Lakewood.