2019 Volunteer Awards Celebration

Volunteers Receive Awards and Special Recognition...


With over 160 active volunteers helping care for animals and educating the public, the Sanctuary Staff always feels blessed to have such great help in following the organization’s mission.  Seven days a week carloads of volunteers show up bright and early in the morning ready to tackle whatever job is waiting for them!


Each November, Sanctuary Staff spend hours thinking back through the past year in order to discuss and vote on the best of the best in volunteer achievements. The goal is to identify and award many of the volunteers for their amazing accomplishments and all around contributions toward the welfare of the animals in our care.


On November 9th, 2019, nearly all of the Sanctuary’s volunteers, and their invited guests joined staff inside the Sanctuary’s Welcome Center Complex for a night of great friends, food and array of special awards.  In addition, the traditional music video montage played on the giant movie screen – which depicted the past year’s activities and volunteer highlights!


Top honors include numerous categories and special achievements, with a complete recap of the event posted below.


Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time and really enjoyed seeing so many of their colleagues honored with everything from special patches, honorary certificates, and highly-customized plaques!  Of note, two of the top honors went to Kim Kesner who received the “Guiding Star Award” for his hard work in educating the public about the Captive Wildlife Crisis, his incredible help in animal care.  Kim is a mentor and a friend to his fellow volunteers, a reliable support to staff, and a true advocate for the Sanctuary… and Jim Anderson, who received the “Volunteer Of The Year Award” for his hard work (never hesitates to stay late when needed) and outgoing/positive personality.


The night turned out to be very special, and everyone is already looking forward to next fall’s awards celebration.  We want to thank our wonderful volunteers again for the amazing work they do, and hope all of our supporters get the opportunity to meet these very special people one day!

2019 Volunteer Awards Video

2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner video
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