Volunteers of the Month: Dawn and Wanda Martinez-Johncox

Dawn is originally from Penn Yan and Wanda is from Puerto Rico. Currently, they both live in Canandaigua with Wanda’s two children, Maxwell, 13 and Mariedeliz, 10. Both children attend the Canandaigua city school.

They were married July 25, 2015 at the Spiritus Christi Church here in Rochester. Dawn is a store manager for Rite Aid and oversees the Pittsford plaza store. Wanda works at the Veterans Affairs in Canandaigua as the Behavioral Health Preceptor Telehealth Clinical Technician.

Dawn started volunteering for the Gay Alliance two years ago when she was in the Puerto Rican Parade representing the GAGV. Now she is in the Speakers Bureau, a member of SAGE, helped organize the Valentine dance this past February, helped with the painting at the new Resource Center, and this is her second year riding for Ride 4 Pride.

Wanda has been volunteering since 2009. She is part of the Speakers Bureau and Safe Zone Train the Trainer, a member of SAGE, and also this is her second year riding for the Ride 4 Pride. Recently she started to be involved in the SAFER committee (Survivors Advocating for Effective Reform) run by Geena Cruz. She is the Volunteer LGBTQ Coordinator at PFC Joseph Dwyer Program CompeerCORPS. Wanda is also this year’s President of the Puerto Rican Parade of Rochester, Inc. She is also involved in others groups in the community.

Thanks to this dynamic couple!

Jeff Myers
Volunteer Coordinator
Gay Alliance

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