Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge recently recognized the organization’s dedicated volunteers at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner which was held at AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar in Destin.



On Dec. 12, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge took a night to give thanks and individually recognize the people who selflessly donated their time and hard work to help the local nonprofit fulfill daily operational needs including animal care, animal enrichment, fundraising, education, and construction projects, just to name a few.



During the fun-filled evening, two awards were given to individuals who went over and beyond the ordinary call to action and assisted the refuge immeasurably in 2013.  Ian Worth was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year and Ginni Lemaster was crowned the 2013 Docent of the Year. Worth has been a long-time volunteer and friend to the refuge who contributes many hours each week to help with transportation of operational supplies, construction projects, wildlife rescue, and fundraising efforts. Lemaster has been with the refuge for four years as a truly remarkable educator who continues to help further the organization’s mission through education and community outreach programs.



“You have our deepest appreciation for sharing your time and talents,” Susan Leveille, assistant director of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, told the volunteers. “You make a world of difference in the lives of not only the patients we serve, but our entire community. Without your dedication and assistance, the refuge could not exist.”