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Deborah Harwood, NWRA Office Manager, Presented with Cal Lensink Dedicated Service Award

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Deborah Harwood (middle) accepting her award from Rebecca Rubin (right) and Geoffrey Haskett (left)

Last week, the board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association recognized longtime employee, Deborah Harwood, with the Cal Lensink Dedicated Service Award, for her outstanding vision, commitment, and unifying presence for the organization. Ms. Harwood has been with the NWRA since 2001 as the organization’s Office Manager, completing nearly every function of a small nonprofit from fundraising, membership building, to organizing offices and keeping all trains running on time. Before working at NWRA, she roamed the country teaching mathematics at numerous community colleges in Ohio, Texas and California.

“Debbie is the glue that holds us all together,” said Rebecca Rubin, Chair of the NWRA Board. “Her institutional knowledge has supported staff, board members and Friends groups nationwide and we cannot thank her enough for her passion and dedication to the organization and to the National Wildlife Refuge System.”

The board presented Ms. Harwood with a carved beaver from the artist, Sue Coccia, of Earth Art International. The beaver represents a species that creates a habitat for other species to thrive – which is exactly what Ms. Harwood does for the Refuge Association. Ms. Harwood’s award is named in honor of former NRWA Board member, Cal Lensink, who after spending 30 years in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, spent another 30 years with the National Wildlife Refuge Association as a Regional Representative and board member. His lasting contributions to science and to the NWRA, through the creation of the organization’s endowment, are a model for all board and staff to look up to and Ms. Harwood certainly lives up to the legacy he left behind.

“Words cannot express how appreciative I, and the entire Refuge Association staff, are for everything Debbie does on a daily basis for our organization,” said Geoffrey Haskett, President of the Refuge Association. “Debbie is one of the most capable people I have ever met and I thank her for her service.”

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