CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Richard Sinclair, a native of Ireland who has lived in and served West Virginia and the region for 38 years, will be the 29th recipient of the YMCA of Kanawha Valley's Spirit of the Valley award.
The award, which is given to people who have exemplified service and leadership in the Kanawha Valley region, will be presented to Sinclair at noon Wednesday during a celebration at the Charleston Civic Center.
"The award is given to someone who, over the years, has demonstrated their time, talent and treasure in working for the betterment of the community," said John Giroir, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley.
Sinclair, president and CEO of Jefferds Corp., a forklift and materials handling company based in St. Albans, has served as president of the Holz School PTA, president of Edgewood Country Club, president of the Charleston Rotary Club and former coordinator of the Rotary District Student Exchange Program.
Sinclair also has been chairman of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Board, chairman of the Fund for the Arts Board and member and chairman of the Charleston Area Medical Center board.
"We are grateful for Richard's contributions to our community and humbled that YMCA of Kanawha Valley has been one of the many organizations to receive the benefit of his volunteerism over the years," Giroir said.
According to Giroir, the YMCA does not choose the recipient of the Spirit of the Valley award. Instead, a selection committee made up of previous winners selects who will receive the honor. The selection committee for this year's award included Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, United Way of Central West Virginia Chairman Paul White, YMCA Chairman Mark Grigsby, Charleston Area Alliance Chairman Patrick Bond and Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Chairman Ron Potesta.