Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Fire Fighter Paramedic Jamie Kolar accepted the Humanitarian Award from the Armenian American Public Service Employees Association (AAPSEA) for her work with her nonprofit organization, Aid to Armenia.
Aid to Armenia is a nonprofit organization founded by Kolar that supports the advancement of first aid and emergency medicine in Armenia by supplying vital equipment, supplies and providing training to emergency personnel and residents in villages across the country.
Kolar, who is the inaugural recipient of the AAPSEA’s Humanitarian Award, was one of four people honored by the association at its ninth annual Christmas Gala on Sunday, Dec. 13.
“I gave a speech about how I developed the organization (and) how the Fire Department gave me a leave of absence so I could move to Armenia,” said Kolar, a third-generation Armenian American. “It’s so amazing that the job gave me that opportunity.”
Kolar’s work isn’t over. “This year we’re doing 100 villages to commemorate the Armenian Genocide, starting April 24,” 2015, she said. Since then, Aid to Armenia has given out 2,221 first aid kits in 92 villages. The final eight villages will be visited in April.
For more information about Aid to Armenia, visit aidtoarmenia.com.