Coastkeeper Honors Volunteer of the Year, Hall of Fame Volunteers

{gallery}galleries/Volunteer Appreciation Party 2010:400:300:1:2{/gallery}We couldn’t have hoped for a better setting to induct our first class into the San Diego Coastkeeper Volunteer Hall of Fame.  With sweeping views of San Diego Bay, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, our staff spent the afternoon at Kate Sessions Park inducting a truly deserving group into eternal glory and fame. . . at least in our minds.

The first group of volunteers inducted was our Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Hall of Fame, which is made up of volunteers that have been active for over a year in collecting samples, testing for pollutants and analyzing results in our lab. This group dedicates one or two full days per month to provide water quality data that will ultimately lead to the cleanup of our local watersheds. We couldn’t be happier to induct these amazing people to our first class:


William “Skip” Price
Adam Taylor
Adrian Kinnane
Al Barret
Amanda Sousa
Beth Hendershot
Bruce Hendershot
Cathryn Henning
Cynthia Gorham
Debby Knight
Dan Murphy
Frank Kawasaki
Graham Szybala
George Liddle
Jack Marshall
Jim Brown
Kacey Cinciarelli
Karen Waggoner
Rebecca Kanter
Rexanne Dayes
Rob Park
Sierra Basegio
Steve Kwik
Sandi Jacobson
Taya Lazootin
Tom Bernitt

Our second group, the San Diego Coastkeeper Volunteer Hall of Fame, is made up of our outstanding Volunteer Core members, our beach cleanup leaders and lead Volunteer Boat Captain.  While this group varies in terms of their support for San Diego Coastkeeper’s mission, they all share the commitment to protecting our inland and coastal waters. We are very excited to induct the following members:

Amanda Sousa
Megan Stone
Sierra Basegio
Taya Lazootin
James Sebree
Rebecca Kanter
Kevin Straw


Amanda Sousa, our first ever Volunteer of the Year, accepts her honorary prize of two limited edition San Diego Coastkeeper champagne glasses. Will you volunteer in time to get yours?

And, of course, a volunteer party wouldn’t be complete without the first ever Volunteer of the Year Award. Amanda Sousa, a true community leader, is our most deserving winner.  Read more about all Amanda’s endeavors here.

We’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Burger Lounge in Little Italy for the burgers, Alaskan Brewing Co. and Coastal CODE for the beer, and Keg N Bottle for the ice, keg pump, and cooler.  It’s great to have community businesses that recognize how much our volunteers contribute to accomplishing our mission.

Inspired to join the team?  Contact me, Dylan, our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, to learn more about volunteering in San Diego for the region’s leading organization dedicated to protecting our waters.