When Ila Marie Goodey was selected as the 1990 winner of the J.C. Penney National Golden Rule Award in Washington, D.C., last month, she was recognized as one in 10,000. Literally.
The award honors outstanding volunteers and their community service. And Goodey is certainly no stranger to community service.Goodey, who is a psychologist, donates up to 100 hours a month to the University of Utah Student Services. But because of complicated medical problems, she cannot receive a salary, which would make her ineligible for medical assistance that she must have.
When she was 3, Goodey had polio. She spent a year in an iron lung. Scoliosis further compromised her health, and her lungs have deteriorated. She now uses oxygen support and a wheelchair for mobility.
Nothing has slowed her down.
She's been an active volunteer with the Division of Services to the Handicapped and Utah Girls Village, as well. The three organizations will share in a $10,000 contribution from J.C. Penney in her honor.
At the U., she co-developed the Center for Disabled Students and developed a self-hypnosis workshop. She also co-developed the Attendant Care Program so that physically disabled students can live in their own residences. She has provided all three organizations with counseling and support for individuals, families and groups; has done public relations work, lobbying, fund-raising, training and has helped set up new programs and services.
More than 10,000 people were nominated on a local level. In Utah, about 15 people received citations, and another five were given high honors, with cash awards going to their organizations. The University Student Services received $1,000 when she was selected as the outstanding state volunteer. Five people, including Goodey, were given an expense-paid, three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top honor.
She's had several other honors, including being one of the women honored by the YWCA Leader Luncheon last year.