Bill Boland Volunteer of the Year Award

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”
–Peter F. Drucker


The AGE Computer Lab is totally driven by volunteers who spend countless hours and mental energy getting our older student base into the 21st tech century. This year, we are giving the highest award we have for outstanding volunteerism, the Bill Boland Award to Cheryl Pervier, our web master. You know you have a gem of a volunteer when her brightness, cooperation, and willingness to try something new in the code arena, rises to everyone’s attention. We knew we were fortunate to have her onboard when she said she doesn’t use Dreamweaver but writes and edits her own code.

Cheryl has taken our website into the mobile and social media arenas effortlessly or so it seems to the majority of our students. AGE Computer Lab depends on two main factors, the web calendar and the web online registration page. She is the backbone for making these work and stay current.

Cheryl comes to us from IBM and we are very lucky that she wants to coach, instruct as well as keep our web site going. Especially difficult this year was our transition to accepting credit cards. The project was on hold, off, on again and finally she just pulled the lever with much success.

I wish we had a sailboat to give Cheryl, where she would rather prefer to spend her time with her husband but instead, a small plaque that doesn’t really say all the accomplishments and achievements she has contributed to AGE Computer Lab. Coach, Instructor, Steering Committee Member, and Webmaster.

If you want to carry on a conversation with Cheryl, don’t mention that we are changing our name once again, our logo doesn’t fit on the web page, or you can’t find the Facebook Logo. Also please don’t be the instructor who didn’t give her the description for the seminar and the calendar is overdue.

I think Bill Boland, one of our founders of SeniorNet Austin in 1997 would be very proud of another IBM’er receiving his award for service and accomplishment.

–Roberta Przybylski, Executive Director, AGE Computer Lab