Erica Bibbey has been named Heritage Sandy Springs’ 2017 Volunteer of the Year award for leading the history and culture organization’s Outdoor Club and its new program of local hikes.

Erica Bibbey recieves the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award Dec. 6 at Heritage Sandy Springs. (Special)

“An important part of our mission is enhancing and building community, and the Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club has helped us make huge strides – pun intended – in this area,” said Carol Thompson, Heritage’s executive director, in a Dec. 6 award speech at the organization’s Blue Stone Road headquarters.

Heritage honored several other volunteers and organizations, including the Reporter Newspapers, which was honored as a “Community Partner.”

Among the others honored were:

Youth Volunteer of the Year, Ainslee Coombs

Group Volunteer, North Springs Charter High School’s Thespian Honor Troupe #4389

James Kambourian Landscape Award, Jim Brannon

Historic Achievement Award, Leslie Walden

Sandy Springs Festival Volunteer Award, Drew Mancini and Brent Schwieger

President’s Award, Bob and Susan Beard

Garnett Cobb Outstanding Volunteer Award, Danny Martin

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John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.