Dream Heroes: Staff recognized for caring
For the past eight years, pier educators have helped teenagers with disabilities, terminal illnesses or those considered disadvantaged, realize their dreams through the Dream Hunt and Fishing Program of Northeastern North Carolina.
Typically, this entails helping them catch a fish, the bigger the better. Education Curator Christin Brown and Outreach Coordinator Meredith Fish were recently acknowledged for the efforts when they each received Hero of Dreams medals from foundation leaders Terry and Ryan Boyden.
“Christin and Meredith are so knowledgeable and caring with these kids – they all love them!” Terry said the children asserted about the educators. “I can tell you; they do make dreams come true.”
The foundation has been working with Jennette's Pier staffers since 2014 granting wishes for “critically ill youth” and their family members, which to date is in the hundreds, Terry said.
“Christin and Meredith have always been there for our program, youths and family members,” Terry added. “They help us set up for meals and provide us with all that is needed for these special youths to fish from the pier.
“Their love and caring for these youths are such a positive reflection on their work and the pier,” he said.
Fish said it was nice when Terry and Ryan presented them with the medals the other day.
“I was pleasantly surprised,” she said.