As a former volunteer for San Diego Coastkeeper, I can tell you how much Coastkeeper values its volunteers as important members of the organization. Whether it is a time to celebrate or a weekend spent in the lab testing water samples, volunteers take part in the action. Every year San Diego Coastkeeper hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Party honoring and thanking all those who contribute to supporting the mission of the organization. Our volunteers are artists, engineers, teachers, students, nature enthusiasts, members of the community, lovers of San Diego and the ocean, but most of all they are part of our family. Our volunteers monitor San Diego’s waters, eliminate trash and educate the public on marine debris – Is there anything volunteers don’t do?
This year, we held our party at Mission Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) thanks to the generosity of the Yacht Club’s Kendal Wild. As our Executive Director Gale Filter said, “volunteers are the eyes and ears of this organization” and our efforts during and following the Los Penasquits Lagoon sewage spill are testament to that.
Coastkeeper recognized volunteers for their tireless efforts in Water Monitoring and Volunteer Core. With 27 Volunteer Core Hall of Fame Inductees and 41 Water Monitoring Inductees, it was one awesome party.
And I’d like to send out a special note of congratulations to Taya Lazootin, San Diego Coastkeeper’s Volunteer of the Year!
2011 Volunteer Core Hall of Fame
2011 Water Quality Monitoring Hall of Fame