Barbara Shaheen is humble about being given awards.
The 83-year-old received Georgia Military College’s Community Service Award in October during alumni weekend.
“I just do things. I don’t know what I do to deserve it,” she said of the recognition.
Shaheen graduated in 2010, at age 79, from GMC Junior College.
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The award, for GMC alumni, is chosen for those who have inspired others in volunteer efforts or in professional activities, according to a press release. “It was a very exciting day, I’ll say that,” Shaheen said of winning the award.
Shaheen, a resident of Warner Robins since 1964, has been involved in a number of community service organizations since her time here.
One of her greatest achievements, she said, was helping to open the Volunteer Health Clinic.
Aside from her volunteer efforts, Shaheen also has established scholarships at GMC for those struggling financially.
“Shaheen is the embodiment of a great humanitarian who never passes on an opportunity to aid others,” the release said.
Although she says she has slowed down some in recent years, Shaheen plays bridge at the Warner Robins Senior Center, lectures at her church and dances.
She has danced since she was little and said she will dance and give lessons again if people ask her to.
“It’s my passion,” Shaheen said.
Her family also is her passion. That includes her son, former Warner Robins mayor Chuck Shaheen and his wife, Virginia, and daughter Donna Kiefer and her husband, Joe. Barbara Shaheen also has two grandchildren, Kelly and Joseph Kiefer, and a great-grandchild, Luke Kiefer.
“I’m really proud of my family,” she said.