Birch Aquarium’s Volunteer of the Month: April 2013

Volunteer Don Ward

Volunteer Don Ward

Join us in celebrating our April Volunteer of the Month: Don Ward!

Many visitors and staff know Don as a somewhat permanent fixture at the aquarium. That’s no surprise considering he’s been a volunteer at Birch Aquarium at Scripps for the past 12 years, often spending two afternoons per week and even some evenings at the aquarium. In 2012, this added up to 500+ hours of volunteer time.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, Don can be found on his “beat” — making the rounds in the Hall of Fishes and elsewhere, answering questions, and leading tours. He offers invaluable assistance at the tide pools during feeding times, talking with visitors so the aquarists can get to all three pools to feed the critters.

Always proactive and prepared, Don’s natural tendency to be an ambassador for the aquarium lends itself perfectly to his work on our whale watching tours as well. When he’s not doing all this, he mentors our newer volunteers and keeps our entire volunteer team entertained with his quick wit and sharp intellect. Don’t let his wry humor and jokes fool you; Don takes his leadership role very seriously and works hard to ensure that everything is running smoothly.

Staff and volunteers alike value Don’s contribution of time and dedication. He is truly a champion for Birch Aquarium at Scripps and what we represent. Congratulations Don!

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  • Tammy
    April 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Congratulations Don! I love working with you!

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