We have so many rock star volunteers that when we choose our annual Volunteer of the Year it is a hard-pressed decision. However, this year we have been blown away by the outstanding dedication shown by Nancy Connelly.Nancy is a 2011 graduate of our Sanctuary Stewards Docent Program where she received ocean and coastal issue training from marine biologists and conservationists.
Stewards pledge a minimum 50-hour volunteer commitment and Nancy has far surpassed that with more than 330 hours! That is simply stellar!
Nancy is quite humble about her efforts and said starting out the day knowing that she has removed harmful trash from the beach is a great feeling.
"As odd as it may sound, I don't think of my time with Save Our Shores as volunteering," Nancy said. "It's just something I do because I love doing it."
Nancy grew up in Connecticut and said she has always lived near the water. She describes water as an integral part of her life and feels a duty to keep it pristine.