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Irene Stewart, Recipient of the Ninette Santos Outstanding

Community Service Award By Patrick Moloney


Irene Patolot Stewart was a most deserving recipient of this year’s Ninette Santos Outstanding Community Service Award.

The presentation of this year’s award featured video testimonials from community members who have witnessed and been recipients of Irene’s generosity, kind-heartedness, dedication to selfless volunteering, and organizational skills, particularly in coordinating fund raising events in times of need.

    Some of the many activities she has helped coordinate are: fund raising to help pay for a kidney transplant for Rose Rick’s nephew, Christopher, who was diagnosed with kidney failure; a memorial service for Jocelyn Domblesky; assisting Anne Benthien in fundraising $1,500 to send goods and supplies to needy children in Bacolod City, Philippines; helping coordinate a variety of fund raising events and ultimately a memorial service for Ellen Mira who passed away in 2004 after battling aplastic anemia for almost five years;  and assisting Ellen’s family negotiate the bureaucratic maze in claiming Ellen’s  life insurance.

    Irene’s selfless generosity can also be seen in her commitment to provide, one Saturday once every two months at her own expense, a sumptuous lunch of gratitude to up to 25 Free Medical Clinic volunteers at the Philippine Center.

    Irene has worked for many years as the chief financial officer for Metro Home Health Services Inc., and through her influence Metro has hired many other Filipinos and allowed its facilities to be used for various Philippine Community fund raising events.

    Irene is originally from Caloocan City. In 1986 she graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila cum laude with a Bachelor of Science, Accounting Major. In 1987 she married her pen pal sweetheart, Dale. Dale and Irene have five wonderful children: Dianne, Emil, Nathan, Serena and Samuel.



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