11:00 am Recognition Program
Guest Speaker: Reverend Sylvia King
11:20 am Award Presentation: Mrs. Baker
12:00 pm Lunch
Nanci Gaborek, Dedication to Volunteer Service
Janice Sandak, Excellence in Teaching
Learn more about our honorees below!
Celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of this memorable event, the Community Arts Center of Cambria County honors two individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of your Community Arts Center.
The Richard G. & Wanda Baker Recognition Awards will be given for Dedication to Volunteer Service to a Community Arts Center Volunteer and for Excellence in Teaching to a Community Arts Center Teacher.
The Honorees will each receive a $500 Cash Award and a Waterford Crystal Bowl. This generosity comes from the late Mrs. Wanda Baker, who established the awards in memory of her late husband’s service to our community. Mrs. Baker passed away in 2022, but her legacy lives on as she continues to offer this opportunity to CAC Volunteers and Teachers even after her death.
Mr. Baker was a highly respected engineer in his field, working for the Pennsylvania Electric Company from 1946 to 1984. He retired as a Vice President. In the community, he served on the Board of Directors of the Incorporators of Grandview Cemetery and as Past President of Lee Hospital Board of Directors.
The annual Awards have been established by
Mrs. Wanda Baker in memory of her husband.
Attendees must be current 2021/2022 teachers & volunteers!
Any current Community Arts Center teachers or volunteers who have taught or volunteered in 2020 or 2021 are invited to attend the luncheon on May 7th. Please call the Arts Center at (814) 255-6515 to RSVP.
1000 Sunnehanna Dr.
Johnstown, PA 15905
With Grateful Appreciation, we “Thank” the late Mr. & Mrs. Richard Glen & Wanda Baker for their generous gift of recognizing the value of the Community Arts Center to the cultural life of our community and extending special recognition to members of the Community Arts Center family.
Janice Sandak has lived in Johnstown her entire adult life. With an educational backround in Commercial Art she has been able to pursue her love of art by providing artwork for businesses, churches, individuals and as well creating her personal art. She is presently a member of Allied Artist and enjoys teaching at the Community Art Center of Cambria County. Janice has her own business of handcrafted, handprinted, customized tote bags that she enjoys selling at area craft shows. When not making or teaching art she enjoys time with her family and especially her grandchildren.
When Nanci Gaborek married her husband Bill in 1966, she had taught for one year in the state of Maryland. She then moved back to her native Johnstown where she has been a wife, mother, educator, and active community member ever since. While raising their three children, Tracey, Gregory and David, Nanci continued her academic pursuits, earning an M.Ed. at IUP and began her doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained her principal’s certification. Nanci taught for years at the intermediate grade level, coordinating the elementary reading program, and supervising the Title I program in the Conemaugh Valley School District. She went on to be the elementary principal there for 19 years. Upon retirement, Nanci turned her love of all things old into a business; she is an antique and collectibles dealer, with vendor space in three antique shops. Nanci has stayed involved in the Johnstown community as organist at St. Peter and Paul Church in Woodvale, as a member of the Johnstown Symphony Chorale, a member of the Mercy Guild, a player in the Tennis League of Johnstown, a PIAA volleyball referee, and as president of the IUP Johnstown Alumni Association, as well as various other educational organizations. Presently, she is a member of the Johnstown Symphony Auxiliary, the Association of University Women, Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority, Greeter ministry at St. Clement Church, and a volunteer at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County. She loves unconditionally and works tirelessly for her family (including 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren), friends, and community.
Community Arts Center of Cambria County
1217 Menoher Boulevard, Johnstown, PA 15905 US
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