Jennifer Kvalvik, 2019 Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year. Photo by Pam Stevens.
by Pam and Jeff Stevens
Congratulations to Jennifer Kvalvik! Jennifer was selected as 2019 Mira Mesa Volunteer of the Year at the December 2019 Mira Mesa Town Council meeting. The Volunteer of the Year Dinner will be held April 18, 2020, from 6pm to 10pm, at the Country Inn and Suites, 5975 Lusk Blvd., San Diego 92121 (in western Mira Mesa). The VOY Dinner not only honors an outstanding volunteer, but also is an opportunity to raise funds for the MMTC’s Verne Goodwin Scholarships, awarded to graduating high school seniors from Mira Mesa based on their community service.
On April 18, Jennifer’s fellow community volunteers, friends and family, and local dignitaries will come together for a gala celebration. The evening begins with a reception starting at 6pm, followed by a buffet dinner and after-dinner program. More details and an online sign-up form will be posted at http://www.miramesatowncouncil.org in early March. Dinner reservations are $45/person until April 10, $55/person thereafter, space permitting. Scholarship fund donations in Jennifer’s honor will also be accepted. The MMTC invites all Mira Mesans to join in the celebration!
This year’s MMTC Volunteer of the Year Dinner Committee consists of Maria Pankau, Christina Keene, Pam Stevens, Charlene Ellsworth, and Jeff Stevens. If you’d like to get involved or for more information, email the Committee at VOY@miramesatowncouncil.org.
Here’s a brief biography of Jennifer Kvalvik, as posted at https://www.miramesatowncouncil.org/voy/2019-jennifer-kvalvik/
Jennifer used to say, “When my kids are older, I’ll get more involved with Mira Mesa Town Council.” She did. Jennifer served on the MMTC Board from 2011 – 2013. During that time she initiated MMTC’s Banner District Committee and continues to serve as its chair and grant writer. Jennifer is also an active member of the Mira Mesa Street Fair Committee.
Jennifer served on the San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant committee working with venue design, promotions and support for the director. For the past 10 years, Jennifer has served as a Guest Relations Technician at San Diego Comic Con, assisting special celebrity guests with their appearances and breakout sessions.
Jennifer has worked for 21 years at Mira Mesa High School, where she currently teaches Hospitality and Tourism, as well as Foods and Nutrition. She is the 2020 Senior Class advisor. Jennifer advises the FAN (Food and Nutrition) club, which enables many students as well as herself to volunteer at community and citywide events on a monthly basis, earning students up to 300 hours of community service and always receiving positive feedback for their volunteer efforts.
“I can’t imagine my home being anywhere else but Mira Mesa,” says Jennifer.