Through its corporate volunteering program, The SOLution, SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the Eastern United States, named Aaron Cushing, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Scientist, Volunteer of the Quarter for Fourth Quarter of 2014 and Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist and Regional Manager, Volunteer of the Year for 2014.
Aaron Cushing has a passion for the environment that extends far beyond his day job. During Aaron's regular volunteering with the Rivanna Conservation Society, he helps to keep the waterways free of debris and trash. Now, he is also working on becoming a Rivanna Conservation Society River Guardian, where he will patrol a section of the river and identify problems such as sources of pollution, water quality, streambank erosion, invasive species, and improper land-use practices in the riparian zone. In addition to his personal volunteering, Aaron enthusiastically participated in many team environmental and educational events such as the Family and Youth Casting Call, Grave's Mountain Lodge Heritage Day, and the Madison County Shelter's Chilli Cookoff Fundraiser. Aaron logged 50 hours of individual volunteer time this year and involved his wife and family members for another 44 hours of volunteer time. This is Aaron's second time being honored as a volunteer of the quarter since beginning with SOLitude Lake Management in 2013.
Right up there with environmental sustainability is Shannon Junior's second passion, orphaned animals, especially dogs. She spends almost every Saturday, on behalf of the Madison County Shelter, at PetSmart introducing adoptable dogs to potential new owners. She also manages the shelter's Facebook page and helps to coordinate all of the fundraisers throughout the year. Shannon estimates that during her 323 hours volunteering in 2014 (a personal record), she was able to help rescue and adopt out close to 90 dogs. And, through donations of her own fundraiser of tie dyed dog bandanas, where 100 percent of the funds raised benefit the shelter, and The SOLution donation she directed, she is responsible for $4,075 dollars going to the Madison County Shelter this year. In addition to her SPCA volunteering, Shannon volunteered as a judge for high school students at the Envirothon competition, in Sweet Briar, Virginia and spent time on the Rappahannock County Kestrel Nestling Survey and Banding Project. She also led her team to volunteer at environmental and educational events such as the Family and Youth Casting Call and Grave's Mountain Lodge Heritage Day This is Shannon's third time being honored as a volunteer of the year and she is a tough one to beat!
“I could not be more proud of Aaron and Shannon for being the caring people that they are,” said Kevin Tucker, owner of SOLitude Lake Management. “They individually have embodied our company philosophy to 'take action and be accountable' and it shows not only in their work to provide sustainable lake and pond solutions for our clients, but in how passionately they find organizations to connect with and assist. Congratulations to them both.”
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PHOTO CAPTION (1st photo): As Volunteer of the Quarter, Aaron Cushing (center, left) receives recognition from Kevin Tucker, owner (left), Tracy Fleming, Director of Marketing (center, right) and Ann Marie Dori (right), Marketing Coordinator.
PHOTO CAPTION (2nd photo): Shannon Junior (center, left) has directed her donation as Volunteer of the Year to the Madison County Animal Shelter. She is recognized by Kevin Tucker, owner (left), Tracy Fleming, Director of Marketing (center, right) and Ann Marie Dori (right), Marketing Coordinator.
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The SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment and good corporate citizens, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.” To participate or share a non-profit's goals for consideration in The SOLution, contact Tracy Fleming at email@example.com.
Since 1998, SOLitude Lake Management has been committed to providing full service lake and pond management services that improve water quality, preserve natural resources, and reduce our environmental footprint. Services are available throughout the Eastern United States. Fisheries management consulting and aquatic products are available nationwide. Learn more about SOLitude Lake Management and purchase products at www.solitudelakemanagement.com.