2011 Volunteer of the Year
Each year, we honor exceptional volunteers who advance The Nature Conservancy’s mission in Oregon. We are delighted to announce the 2011 Ray C. Davis Volunteer of the Year Award winners, David Gent and Myleen Richardson.
David Gent stands out from the crowd. Never one to shy away from a project — for 13 years now — he brings detailed attention and diverse skills to removing invasive plants, fixing fences, collecting data and sowing native seeds. And more.
David's always willing to share his bounty of long-earned preserve knowledge, inspiring many over the years with hopeful stories of hard work and positive change. Just ask Molly Morison, the Conservancy’s Southwest Oregon stewardship coordinator.
"David’s dedication is outstanding,” said Morison. “His surveying skills and ability to motivate others are real assets, and I’m grateful for his loyalty, tireless work and friendship.” David mirrors that gratitude. “I feel truly privileged to work with the staff and volunteers, especially my friends on the Thursday Crew,” he said. “And I’m so impressed with the Conservancy’s willingness to collaborate with others for nature.”
Myleen Richardson joined the Conservancy’s Oregon team in 2000. Her technical talents have been key to our success ever since. She’s been a volunteer naturalist, led hikes and attended work parties, but has committed most of her long hours to managing our volunteer database and evaluating overall volunteer satisfaction. And her work doesn't end at Oregon’s borders.
Myleen also took the lead in designing the most comprehensive analysis ever of volunteer programs across the Conservancy. Today her research is a guiding light for leaders working to broaden the support base for conservation around the world.
“Myleen’s such an important part of our team,” said Molly Dougherty, director of volunteer programs. “From complex database queries, to communications, to jumping in wherever needed, I always know she’ll get the job done right.” Myleen enjoys seeing the difference volunteers can make. “Working behind the scenes, I see the great work volunteers accomplish every week. I'm proud to be part of that.”
Congratulations and genuine thanks to David and Myleen. Without dedicated supporters like you, our successes would not be possible.July 18, 2012