Volunteer of the Month: The Quincy Animal Care Team

Congratulations to our November 2017 Volunteer(s) of the Month: The Quincy Animal Care Center Volunteers! 

Occasionally we get the opportunity to lift up not just one volunteer; but an entire team. Each volunteer is critical in their own right but when you consider how much hard work, pain-staking attention to detail/care, and adaptive on the spot problem solving this team contributes to our aquarium. So congratulations to Alexandra Harvey, AnnMarie Keyes, Cece Pless, Collin Barker, Diana Poroy, Fany Sanchez, Hailey Angione, Hannah Pitman, Jen Moore, Jessica O’Toole, Katrina Oblenes, Kendra Jacomo, Linnea Ponczek, Michael Fernald, Micahel Riccio, Raziel Perez, Victoria Longtin, Daire Gaj, Haley Martin, and Jess Brown.

It is no wonder their supervisor Hannah speaks so highly of them. Here is what she had to say about her volunteers:

“First of all, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our Quincy Husbandry volunteers! With their help we are able to put more focus on projects we are working on to become more sustainable and improve our quarantine/holding systems & husbandry techniques.

We currently have 14 volunteers, many of which have been volunteering at the QACC since 2016 or earlier. We are grateful for the dedication of our volunteers to all aspects of our work in Quincy. They help us maintain the ~32 systems (from 28gal up to 33,000gal) we currently have at our facility which includes changing bag filters, cleaning protein skimmers, scrubbing tank walls/windows, and siphoning all while maintaining a quarantine environment. They also feed a majority of the animals we are holding at our facility. In our quarantine room, volunteers feed several times a day to offer a variety of live & frozen foods to animals that have just arrived at our facility and take detailed notes to be sure all are eating well throughout their quarantine treatments.

Our volunteers also assist staff in a variety of animal procedures, which may include sitting in a kiddie pool while ventilating a 180lb Southern stingray in their lap or monitoring the recovery of several cownose rays during exams prior to moving them into the Shark & Ray Touch Tank. No matter what we ask of them, our volunteers are always ready to take on an extra task or project to the best of their ability, and I’m not sure if they realize this, but our department would not run as smoothly without all of their help! I could go on and on about the work our volunteers do in Quincy and how much we appreciate their commitment. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and each of them brings a unique set of skills and personality to our team, and it is inspiring to see how well they work together to support our goal of protecting the blue planet!”

Congratulations to the Quincy Animal Care volunteer team on their exceptional teamwork and steadfast commitment and to our mission of “protecting the blue planet.” 

If their 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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