At Voluntern 2016, we introduced the first annual live blue Service Corps Awards. These three awards are meant to recognize individuals that have dedicated their time and energy to our episodic program by regularly attending cleanups, citizen science projects, habitat restoration projects, and similar efforts all around the Greater Boston Area.

The three awards are:
"Dedication to a Cause," given to a volunteer that puts in countless hours into addressing a single environmental issue. Whether it's returning to a single location for monthly cleanups or working towards a cause at numerous locations, this is given to an individual that has shown true dedication.

"Try Everything," given to a volutneer that has volunteered a projects addressing a wide variety of issues, including projects never-before-seen on our calendar! This is given to an individual that simply aims to be invovled in everything.

"Service Leader of the Year" is given to one of our many volunteer Service Leaders that goes above and beyond the call of duty to plan and lead projects for the Service Corps.

At Voluntern 2016, the winners were:

The "Dedication to a Cause" award was given to Robert Cuddi. Rob helps the Corps clean Revere Beach almost every month, chasing down plastic bags and teaching the public about the environmental impacts of this trash. He’s also spent another 60 hours or so supporting our turtle rescue and rehab team in Quincy, showing true dedication to the protection of sea turtles.

The "Try Everything" Award was given to Linda Carr. Linda has cleaned the rocky coast of Gloucester, restored the dunes of Crane Beach, educated kids at Festivals, tackles invasive plants on the Islands, and helps the turtle rescue team down in Quincy, just to name a few. Her dedication, flexibility, knowledge, and general positive energy help make the Service Corps a success.

The "Service Leader of the Year" for 2016 was Sharon Lowe. Sharon has consistently led projects on the Harbor Islands, participated in events here at the Aquarium, and maintains great relationships with our partner agencies so she can plan and lead projects of her own. She brings great, contagious enthusiasm into her role, making her an effective leader for any project she's a part of.