News Releases

January 7, 2009


SANTA ANA, Calif. - John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Ambassador and Tour Guide Program has been given the County of Orange's Excellence in Volunteerism Award. This prestigious award emphasizes volunteer service and celebrates the contributions of volunteers who are making a positive impact within County government and within the community.

"We are very proud of our Tour Guide and Ambassador Programs as well as our program coordinator, Jill Matthews," said Airport Director Alan Murphy. "Our Ambassadors work tirelessly to ensure our passengers have a positive traveling experience and our Tour Guides provide valuable aviation education to children throughout the County. We congratulate and thank them for their service."

The honorees of the Excellence in Volunteerism Award are chosen from the more than 20,000 individuals who volunteer annually with County of Orange Agencies and Departments. The Board of Supervisors also recognized the efforts of County of Orange employees who work directly with award winning volunteers as supervisors or program coordinators. JWA's volunteer program began in 1990 and has more than a dozen active tour guides and about 60 ambassadors who assist passengers and visitors throughout the Terminal complex. Collectively, these men and women contribute more than 8,500 hours annually.

The Excellence in Volunteerism Award program reinforces the County's long-standing commitment to involve volunteers in a full range of activities, from policy formulation and advice to program delivery. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please visit:

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, serves nearly nine million passengers annually and is governed by the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors.