We'd like to thank TOTE (Totem Ocean Trailer Express) for their continued generous support of our Jr. Naturalist Program. TOTE has been a long-time corporate supporter of our mission. Thanks to TOTE, thousands of children have had the opportunity to attend our weekend natural history programs.
Every year, we have the very difficult task of selecting a few volunteers to receive the honor of "Volunteers of the Year". This year was no different, because we have so many volunteers that fit the bill each year. So we go down the list of volunteers, looking at how many years they've served and/or how many hours of volunteer service they have contributed. We joke that as long as you remain a volunteer, we'll get to naming you Volunteer of the Year at some time.
This year we chose three special people: Susan Walker, Tom Iverson and Timothy Kane. Susan has volunteered in many capacities for over 20 years. She's a regular contributor to our auctions, volunteers at special events, and has served as the Secretary for the Board for many years. Tom has been a weekly trail volunteer fora number of years, doing whatever is needed come rain, snow or shine. Timothy was our summer 2019 volunteer in residence devoting upwards of 300 hours that summer. The following season he was hired to help Colin at the front desk - which moved to the outdoors as the pandemic spread. However, he continued to volunteer many more hours - gardening, helping visitors on the trails, and just plain ol' spreading his enthusiasm for Alaska and the Nature Center.
We can't thank Susan, Tom and Timothy enough for all they have done in service of our Alaskan community. The Nature Center could not function and flourish without them.