Volunteer Louisiana has chosen Lois Rector, of Baton Rouge, as one of its nine 2018 Champions of Service.

The honor is given to people, groups and businesses in Louisiana who demonstrate compassion and dedication, leadership and initiative, or innovation and creativity in addressing community challenges while serving others, according to a news release. Champions are chosen from a pool of statewide nominees.

“There are volunteers and national service members in every community who work tirelessly to improve the lives of Louisiana residents. We want to recognize the contributions of these everyday heroes and raise the profile of service and volunteerism in our great state,” said Judd Jeansonne, executive director of Volunteer Louisiana.

Rector, who has volunteered with Knock Knock Children’s Museum since 2015, spends at least three days a week as an ambassador for play and learning. She also chaired the committee that helped create the museum’s Art Garden Learning Zone.

Rector and the other Champions of Service will be honored during National Volunteer Week, when a gala will be held April 18 at the Capitol Park Museum. Tickets and sponsorships will be available at VolunteerLaFoundation.org.