Volunteer of the Month: Richard Wong

Congratulations to our September 2017 Volunteer of the Month: Richard Wong!

Visitors often assume that the aquarium winds down at the end of summer. Although this is true in some cases behind the scenes the work continues here at the New England Aquarium. Regardless of the change in the seasons or the end of summer vacation for students our animals receive the best care year round. Our staff, volunteers, and interns work tirelessly to provide healthy and robust life support systems for the animals as well as engaging exhibits for the visitors. Whether it’s building new enclosures, cleaning protein skimmers, food preparation and feeding, or assisting in the staff in a host of other ways the New England aquarium is deeply appreciative of our volunteer’s hard work.

One such volunteer is former intern Richard Wong who proves each and every day that is an invaluable member of the West Wing team. Here is the nomination about Richard from his supervisors Julia Baer and Eric Payne

“Rich is a work horse, plain and simple.  He comes in early, despite not being a morning person and gets right into the work for the day.  He has definitely raised the bar to a new level in regards to how much work can be accomplished in an eight hour day without losing quality.  Rich tackles shark training, a bucket full of food prep, ETT feedings, bag cleaning, washing of protein skimmers, and so so so much more.  He is only a sophomore in college but has the maturity of someone twice his age and I can safely say that I know no one who is as passionate about carnivorous (or non-carnivorous) plants as he is, but ask him for yourself, I won’t do it justice in this forum.  He has a keen eye for detail and has been involved in every facet of the West Wing and has even helped the galleries when they were short.  There is no project that he won’t accelerate at and no challenge that he won’t take on and own.  The bottom line is that Rich is always willing to get his hands dirty and does not mind the small work because he understands the big picture”

Congratulations once again to Richard Wong on his stellar service and commitment to our mission of “protecting the blue planet.” 

If Richard’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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