Shiawassee Youth Advisory Council News- Dr. Nicholas Skarich Memorial Bench Unveiled

In a touching tribute to the late Dr. Nicholas Skarich, a beloved veterinarian known for his deep love for animals and nature, the Shiawassee Community Foundation-Youth Advisory Council (YAC) unveiled a beautiful memorial bench at DeVries on September 30, 2023. Dr. Skarich passed away tragically on January 18, 2023, following complications from a stroke, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and service to the Shiawassee County community.

A Tribute to a Remarkable Life

Dr. Nicholas Skarich was not only a dedicated veterinarian but also a loving husband and father. His profound connection with animals and his passion for nature resonated with many in the community. His daughter, Quinn, served as the YAC secretary, making his loss deeply felt within the organization. Recognizing the significant impact he had on the community, YAC decided to create a lasting memorial in his honor. They carefully selected a beautiful and durable composite bench, which now stands as a testament to his memory at DeVries.

The Shiawassee Community Foundation-Youth Advisory Council

The Shiawassee Community Foundation-Youth Advisory Council (YAC) comprises a dedicated group of young individuals committed to serving their community in multiple ways. YAC members actively support local organizations by participating in events such as the DeVries Fall Festival, Polar Express, Christmas Wishes, and 5k races. Their unwavering willingness to lend a hand contributes significantly to creating a positive impact on their community.

The YAC plays a crucial role in grantmaking. Annually, they award grants from the W.K. Kellogg Fund to local non-profit organizations and school groups involved in youth-related projects within Shiawassee County. YAC members meticulously review applications and make funding recommendations, which are subsequently approved by the Shiawassee Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Join the Shiawassee Community Foundation-Youth Advisory Council

For individuals interested in becoming part of the Shiawassee Community Foundation-Youth Advisory Council, please contact Amanda at Participants attend monthly meetings held during the school year, typically on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. Eligibility for membership is open to students attending school or residing in Shiawassee County, including homeschooled students, those from Chesaning, and Ovid-Elsie. The YAC welcomes applicants ranging from grade 7 to age 21.

Continuing the Legacy of Service

The Shiawassee Community Foundation-Youth Advisory Council remains committed to making a positive impact in the community. They honor individuals like Dr. Nicholas Skarich, who have left an indelible mark on the hearts of their fellow residents through dedicated service and contributions.

For further inquiries, please contact:

  • William Lentz, YAC Advisor
  • Amanda Bruner, Program Manager
  • Shiawassee Community Foundation
  • Email:
  • Phone: 989-725-1093

To learn more about the Shiawassee Community Foundation and its initiatives, please visit their website at

Photographed are:

  • President of Shiawassee Community Foundation- Patrick Wegman
  • YAC Advisor, William Lentz
  • DeVries Executive Director- Ben Glardon
  • Charlie Agnew, YAC Treasurer
  • Marissa Rose, Past YAC President
  • Executive Director of Shiawassee Community Foundation – Kim Renwick and Murphy

Let’s remember and cherish those who make our community special. ❤️ #ShiaCF #ShiawasseeCommunity Foundation #DevriesNature #Owosso