Page Ahead is proud to present the Sarajane Beal Award for Volunteer Excellence to Sanjeev Narang.
Sanjeev’s service to Page Ahead began in 1997, when no other volunteer was willing to work with the difficult Lotus program our office was using at that time. He spent his Saturdays learning the program and building us a database, and then helped us convert to a better system. In 2002 Sanjeev became a Page Ahead board member, serving in that capacity for six years. While on the board of directors, Sanjeev headed both the technology committee and the board development committee.
In addition to his work on the board, Sanjeev has singlehandedly maintained Page Ahead’s computer network, responding to computer error—as well as user error!—at all hours. Sanjeev’s humor, friendliness, and dedication make him beloved by everyone at Page Ahead. (And it doesn’t hurt that he brings treats wherever he goes!)
At the party, Sanjeev told a story about how books have impacted his life. Studying engineering in his native India, he needed an important book but it was extremely expensive. Even though it would strain the family budget, his father bought it for him, helping him get into a top school. As Sanjeev says, “Books are important. Words are important. Kids should have books—I’m just here spreading the word.”