The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher honored two employees this week for going above and beyond their usual job responsibilities to make the Aquarium a better place to work and visit.
Paul Barrington, assistant director, won the 2011 Sea Star Award for outstanding job performance and service to the community. Co-workers consider Barrington’s “love and appreciation for the aquatic environment evident in everything he does.” It’s been said he knows every nut, bolt and fish in the Aquarium. An avid kayaker and shark fisherman, it’s not unusual to see Barrington working and playing along the coast. He joined the Fort Fisher team in 1985 as the Aquarium Curator.
Emily Clark, assistant special events coordinator, won the 2011 Customer Service Award for making the day of co-workers’ and visitors everyday with a positive attitude. Clark began her career at the Aquarium in 2008. Since then her responsibilities have ranged from working with bridal parties to dressing as an octopus for a local parade.
“Big Aquarium events always seem to come off without a hitch thanks to the planning, experience and creativity Emily brings to her position,” said one co-worker.
Permanent, temporary and seasonal state employees or N.C. Aquarium Society employees are eligible for the annual Sea Star and Customer Service awards. Employees are nominated by their peers, with winners recognized at an all staff meeting held each December.
“The Aquarium experience at Fort Fisher is directly related to the caliber and commitment of our employees,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Paul and Emily shine as individuals and team members dedicated to our mission.”