Announced at the national conference in Ottawa, the award recognizes the valuable short or long-term contribution a volunteer has made to a member Institution of CAZA/AZAC.
Since 2007, Elfie Ringrose has accumulated over 1,460 volunteer hours and is still going strong.
“We were very pleased to honour Elfie with GVZ’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year award as voted by her peers and are appreciative that her hard work and dedication is also recognized via CAZA/AZAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award,” said GVZ animal care manager Menita Prasad.
“Elfie has become one of our most reliable volunteers through the years and faithfully tends to her duties every Wednesday and Friday morning and is happy to assist anytime supplemental assistance is required. Elfie is a fabulous role model for zoo staff and other volunteers and we are honoured she chooses to volunteer her time with us.”
The GVZ is also pleased that all the hard work by the dedicated staff and volunteers has paid off as the zoo has passed another five-year accreditation inspection conducted by members of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums with flying colours.
Accreditation means that GVZ upholds and adheres to the highest standard of animal care, safety and education as determined by the foremost professionals in the zoological and aquarium field. Furthermore, it showcases that GVZ plays a critical role in supporting species conservation and biodiversity.