Shiels honored for dedication, creativity

Filed under: Roanoke Island by roanokeisland on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Volunteer Joyce Shiels was recently recognized for her creativity and dedication, during the annual Christmas Picnic and Volunteer Appreciation party at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Known for her exceptional sewing skills, Shiels made a quilt to help raise funds for the Aquarium’s new Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to open next summer. A drawing for the quilt netted nearly $4,000. The funds will be used to help furnish the new rehabilitation center.

Shiels also used her sewing talents to assist Aquarium Exhibits Technician Kitty Dough and volunteer Lance Culpepper in creating masks for the Aquarium’s popular “Treat or Treat under the Sea” event held each October. The one-of-a-kind masks were specially designed for the metal-sculpted spadefish in the pond at the Aquarium entrance. The whimsical masks featured bobbles, beads and frilly fabrics in contrasting colors.

“It took nearly 200 hours to complete the masks from start to finish,” said Dough. “Joyce contributed many of those hours, which helped ensure that the project would be completed in time for the event.”

For information on becoming an Aquarium volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Shannon Brooks at, or call 252-473-3494, ext. 254.

Pictured: Left to right, Kitty Dough and Joyce Shiels