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Category: Individual - Adult SOV Awardee FY: 2016

"Volunteerism means sharing unselfishly one’s time, treasures and talents with those who need help and comfort without counting the cost."

A seasoned writer and a lifetime member and volunteer of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) and the Soroptimist International Founder Club (SIFC), Ms. Yolanda Canseco Hernandez is 81 years old and continues to be driven by her passion to serve in endeavours closest to her heart—cultural heritage, women empowerment, community service, and writing, among others.

For more than three decades, she used her expertise in writing to author numerous inspirational and historical books of the GSP and other organizations and to hone the skills of young girls in writing and broadcasting through The Junior Journalist Guild, a program she initiated in the GSP in 1977 which was eventually institutionalized in different councils of the GSP.

Consistent with her passion to preserve the legacy of the GSP, she was instrumental in the establishment of the GSP National Heritage Center, where the future generation gets a glimpse of the colourful history and major achievements of the GSP.

In her volunteer work with the SIFC, she organized and conducted “Adopt a Barangay”, livelihood programs, and medical missions and initiated seminars on productive retirement for retired women, covering topics on health and wellness, franchising, orchids-raising, among others.

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