Volunteer of the Month: Dina Zawaski

Congratulations to our June 2017 Volunteer of the Month: Dina Zawaski!

A crucial and often unknown volunteer position at the New England Aquarium is our Marine Mammal Dive volunteer position. Summertime means sunshine and sunshine means algae. These volunteers make sure our seals and sea lions have the best environment possible by removing this algal growth and cleaning the exhibits. One of our most dedicated of these volunteers is Dina Zawaski, who manages to make these serious and tasking duties look easy.

Here’s what her supervisor Elias had to say about her service:

“Dina started as a marine mammal diver in July of 2014 and from the start proved herself to be a valuable asset to our team. As a dive master, she brings a wealth of knowledge and an established skill set to the task of cleaning and maintaining our marine mammal exhibits. From the moment she arrives, until the last piece of algae is vacuumed, Dina is constantly working to make sure the tasks at hand are done to their entirety. She works with efficiency and speed, while maintaining thoroughness and care. We not only trust her with the delicate care of our dive equipment, but also the safety of her dive buddies; both co-volunteers and staff. When it comes time to train a new diver, Dina’s attention to detail makes her one of the first people that we recommend. Her dedication is more than evident. It’s rare for her to miss an opportunity to be underwater with our seals and although she holds two jobs, she reliably takes time from her busy schedule to be here at the New England Aquarium on Saturday mornings. Her commitment runs so deep, that she even came in to dive the morning before her wedding reception! Dina exemplifies all the qualities we look for in a volunteer and is a vital part of our dive team and undoubtedly worthy of Volunteer of the Month.”

Congratulations once again to Dina Zawaski on her service and commitment to our mission of “protecting the blue planet.”

If Dina’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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