Volunteers at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island gave nearly 14,000 hours of their time in 2016, providing invaluable service to the aquarium’s programs, conservation efforts and guest experiences.
“We can’t thank you enough for everything you do,” NCARI Volunteer Coordinator Kate Davison told volunteers gathered at an awards banquet held February 9 at sister facility Jennette’s Pier. “You give your time to us so freely, and nothing is more important to us than that.”
Volunteers play a crucial role at NCARI, assisting with dive programs, at the touch tanks, the STAR Center, special activities, horticulture and more, and the aquarium is grateful for everyone who has dedicated their energy and time. There are 80 active volunteers involved with NCARI!
David White, a volunteer at NCARI for the last 15 years, was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” at the banquet. White can often be found in the aquarium’s “Sea Senses” exhibit assisting with stingray and sea urchin encounters.
Other volunteers recognized include:
The “Order of the Spadefish” – volunteers who have served more than 1,500 hours: Fred Bamonte, Joyce Shiels, Steve Brown, Cathy Lesiewicz and Bill Koebernick.
Exhibits volunteers: Lorraine Diver and Joyce Shiels.
The volunteer Dive Team: Larry Blackburn, Steve Brown, Autumn Caswell, Mike Kerr, Bill Koebernick, Jan Morgan and Ken Wells.
New volunteers were also recognized for their service. Anyone interested in volunteering at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is encouraged to find out how to get involved at ncaquariums.com/Roanoke-island-volunteer.