What a Difference One Volunteer Can Make

08-19-09 Akron Larry event 012 I had the privilege of honoring National Wildlife Federation’s Volunteer of the Year, Kathy Lewis, in Akron, Ohio last night.

Kathy has been a dedicated wildlife educator and an advocate for Certified Wildlife Habitats and getting kids outside. Her passion for wildlife has led her to educate thousands of Ohio citizens about the serious threats to Ohio’s wildlife and the environment.

As President of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center, Kathy has also given dozens of presentations to thousands of visitors about Ohio’s natural resources. Kathy has also taken an active role in educating her legislators about what they need to do to safeguard Ohio’s natural resources for future generations.

Kathy said that “the most gratifying aspect of her career is getting to meet and know Ohio political figures and having them feel as strongly as she does about wildlife.”

Kathy embodies what Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Jim Kerr accepted Kathy’s award on her behalf.

Isn’t it inspiring the difference that one person can make?