Volunteer of the Month: Jacqueline Celata

Congratulations to our December 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Jacqueline Celata!

Winter can be slower than the summer months in terms of visitor attendance but also presents unique challenges for our institution and our volunteers. Inclement and unpredictable weather can keep us from making it in especially when combined with cold/flu season. Sea Turtle Rescue season is in full swing and the holidays/school vacation weeks portend spikes in attendance. It’s volunteers like Jacqueline in the Marine Mammal Department that keep us on top of our workflow and able to provide the best possible service to our guests as well as top notch care for our animals. Here is the nomination from her supervisor Kim Cummings:

“I would like to nominate Jacqueline Celata for volunteer of the month.  Jacqueline has been volunteering with us since summer 2015 and is currently a Sunday volunteer.  Over the last year and a half, I have watched her gain so much confidence.  She has come out of her shell and been a valuable resource in training new volunteers and interns.  She has also excelled in her public presentations and visitor interactions.  She is always striving for perfection and asking to learn more advanced skills.  We are so lucky to have her as part of the team.”

You can see one of Jacqueline’s presentations before the Marine Mammal training sessions on Sundays.

Congratulations once again to Jacqueline Celata on her stellar service and commitment to our mission of “protecting the blue planet.” 

If Jacqueline’s story has inspired you to serve and you’d like to volunteer with us at the New England Aquarium please visit http://serve.neaq.org/ for more details.


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