Volunteer of the Month: Erin Leroy!

Congratulations to our March 2019 Volunteer of the Month: Erin Leroy!

One of the great joys of working with volunteers and interns is watching them advance and grow. Although our volunteers and interns commit to lengthy commitments the time can appear to fly by all too swiftly. One day they’re fresh and new and suddenly several months have gone by and they are veterans in their roles assisting in a myriad of capacities and acting as role models and leaders to new members of the community. Sometimes, however, individuals stay on in new roles and become even more ingrained and intricate contributors towards our mission of “protecting the blue planet”. Erin Leroy is one such intern. Here’s what her supervisors, Kerry, had to say about her time and her service here at the New England Aquarium:

 “Sometimes there are interns that we don’t want to see leave after their twelve weeks is over. Erin LeRoy was one of those, but lucky for us we were able to hold on to her. Erin started as a spring intern in the Aquarium Medical Center in 2017. After her internship, she has stayed as a volunteer on Wednesdays since that time over two years ago. We absolutely love having Erin as a volunteer. She is the go to person for managing the data recording during barb clips every eight weeks, and handles the PIT tag numbers and exam info being told to her from multiple teams…and never misses a beat. I rely heavily on Erin to pass along her expertise in assisting to train new interns and volunteers as well. Erin can lead necropsies when needed, hold down the Aquarium Medical Center while staff are in meetings, and can also be counted on to get things done when she is here. Erin will be attending vet school in the fall, so we will have to say goodbye to her very soon. We might have to convince her to visit for barb clips though! We’ll have a huge hole in the department when she leaves, but we’re excited to see her start her next journey and see which school she goes to since she’s been accepted to several!

Congratulations again to Erin Leroy on her stellar service and commitment to our mission of “protecting the blue planet.”

If Erin’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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