Pacific Marine Mammal Center SOV 22

Published: April 2, 2021

Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Honoree’s Name: Beverly Kansas

Award Category: Environment & Sustainability

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Beverly Kansas

Beverly has been an Animal Care volunteer at Pacific Marine Mammal Center since early spring of 2003. She is deeply compassionate in her treatment of and concern for the animals in our care. She never waivers from our goal as a wildlife rehabilitation facility; which is to give our patients the care they need to recover from sickness or injury, while always striving to keep them independent and wild. Besides being a regular on Saturday afternoons, over the years, Beverly has helped fill in during the Christmas holidays and has worked extra shifts through the busy seasons. She has a strong work ethic and a straightforward common sense style to handling everything from the simplest to the most difficult tasks. Whether it’s running a feeding, going on rescue, moving animals and cleaning pens, or helping the crew get caught up on dishes and laundry, she is always ready to step in and help wherever needed. In addition to every day animal care duties, Beverly plays a key role in helping to train new volunteers. Through her no nonsense approach, untiring patience, and the ease with which she offers encouragement and praise, she has a real gift for teaching and has become a mentor to many new animal care crew members. Beverly’s experience and readiness to step into a range of roles or take on a variety of tasks is immensely valuable to PMMC and we, along with the animals who come into our care, appreciate her for it!

Honoree’s Name: Ray Falcon

Award Category: Environment & Sustainability

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Ray Falcon

Ray came on as an Animal Care Volunteer in October of 2020. He was assigned to the Friday afternoon Animal Care crew, although Ray helps out wherever and whenever he can. He is extremely giving of his time. It is often that you will find Ray onsite at PMMC two days a week. Ray is the kind of person you would want to have on a team. He is hard working, kind, caring, sympathetic, relatable, reliable, witty, and an overall go-getter. He is always looking for ways he can ease someone’s load and jumps in wherever needed, no matter the task. He’s also a great coach, as he helps with training new volunteers at PMMC. It’s not hard to understand why he has all of these wonderful qualities. He retired from his professional career of being a Fireman. However, we think it’s just because Ray is Ray. In Animal Care, we often have many good days, but given the nature of the position, we can also have some hard days. Ray has this seamless way of making you smile. He is a great support to the volunteer team he works with. He is respected for his leadership, kindness, humbleness, and generosity. He brings a wonderful energy to the Friday PM team and we are very honored that he chooses to spend his free time volunteering at PMMC. We are very thankful to have Ray as a volunteer, but more importantly thankful to have him as a friend.

Honoree’s Name: Annie Rocheleau

Award Category: Environment & Sustainability

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Annie RocheleauAnnie Rocheleau started volunteering with PMMC in December of 2020. Annie was kind enough to interview with us in the heat of COVID, via a Zoom call. After speaking with her, we knew we had to have her on our team! She has such a dynamic personality. It truly shines through in everything she does. You will find Annie in our Treasure Trove Gift Shop on Wednesday afternoon. When Annie first started volunteering in the Treasure Trove, she couldn’t get enough of it. She was picking up any shift she could take. She even indicated, if she could do it full-time, she would! When Annie moved to California from Canada, the first thing she noticed was the sea life. She was fascinated by sea lions! Being new to the area, Annie started looking for paid and volunteer work. She wanted to learn more about the area and meet new people. Annie applied to a few different organizations. She shared that no one responded to her request but us. However, she was over the moon, seeing how PMMC was her first choice! Before she starts her shift at PMMC, Annie always makes her rounds. She is not ready to start her day, until she has properly visited with our patients. Everything that she does at PMMC, she does for our marine mammal patients. Thank you for brightening up our day, Annie. We are so happy to have you on our team!

Honoree’s Name: Ray Rittenhouse

Award Category: Environment & Sustainability

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Ray Rittenhouse

Ray Rittenhouse has been volunteering with PMMC since February of 2017. This is a huge milestone, because we are celebrating Ray’s 5 year anniversary of volunteering with our organization! Ray volunteers his time in our education department as an Education Docent. Ray is often the first person we call when we have a last minute need for a substitution. He always answers our calls or texts without hesitation and is happy to fill-in when needed. The truth is, we probably depend on him too much. We hope he realizes how lucky we feel to have him on our team. We are very appreciative for all that he does for our team, patients, and visitors. In his professional career, Ray worked as an Attorney, so he has plenty of experience in public speaking. Ray always looks for ways to continue his education. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the public. That’s when his passion shines through! He is good at engaging with our visitors and answering questions that arise. Ray also acts as an Education Docent Trainer, where he is an excellent mentor for new volunteers. Ray believed in our mission so much that he encouraged his wife and even son to get involved. It’s a family affair! We love the Rittenhouse family and are very thankful for their support.