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Reston Association’s Volunteer Reston program has announced its 2019 service award winners. These volunteers will be honored at the Reston Association Volunteer Service reception on Thursday, April 18. The event will be held at The Lake House sponsored by Comstock.
Two individuals were named as Volunteers of the Year. Doug Britt, who has been instrumental in collecting environmental data, and Cindy Metcalf, who coordinates and leads class instruction on how to start a garden, both won the top honor.
As a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee, Britt (shown in inset photo) was instrumental in creating the Reston Annual State of the Environment Report (RASER). Britt is considered a Reston watershed steward who enthusiastically helps monitor our streams.
Metcalf (pictured) volunteers her time as a garden plot coordinator at the Lake Anne garden plot. She monitors the condition and health of the garden plot as a whole, including water troughs, compost bins and infestations of invasive species. She also assisted Friends of Reston in applying for a garden grant with the Whole Kids Foundation.
Don Coram was named the 55+ Volunteer of the Year and is one of Reston’s leading citizen scientists. He collects data on Reston’s fauna, in particular, insects and other arthropods. This past year, Coram took initiative to be the first data collector on a brand new citizen science initiative at the Walker Nature Center, called Caterpillars Count.
The Group Volunteer Service of the Year award went to the Southgate Community Center Advisory Council, which includes Andrew Sigle, Chair; Janet Bradshaw, Vice Chair; Gerald Padmore, Treasurer; Darlena Ricks, Secretary. Other council members include Carol Ann Bradley, Sandra Deleon, Syazana Durrani, Emily Huaroco, Kathleen Jones, Luis Ortiz Lopez, Maryam Ovissi and Alexandra Rossi.
The Community Partner of the Year award was given to Public Affairs Support Services, Inc. (PASS), which provides campaign finance compliance services. Over the course of a three-year partnership with RA, PASS has contributed financially and through in-kind contributions to beautification efforts in the Reston community.
The Work Group Volunteer of the Year was awarded to the Pony Barn Working Group, which worked tirelessly over four years to develop the Pony Barn picnic facility concept plan. Working with staff and the consultant on the early concepts, the group’s work included multiple design changes to fit budgets, code limitations, as well as RA board directives.
Click here to read more details about these volunteer award winners.