Distinguished Volunteer Service Awards

Volunteers are vital to the efforts of Three Rivers Park District. Last year, Three Rivers had more than 800 ongoing volunteers who donated close to 38,000 hours to programs and services within the park system. In recognition of these outstanding contributions, the Park District recognizes a select group of volunteers each year through the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award program. 

“The Distinguished Volunteer Service Award program is a way to acknowledge outstanding representatives of our dedicated park volunteers,” says Deb Vosler, volunteer coordinator for Three Rivers Park District. “Without our volunteers, we simply would not be able to deliver the number of high-quality programs and services to the public that we do.”

In addition to a Board of Commissioner’s ceremony, recipients of the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award are recognized on plaques at facilities around the Park District and at a dinner with the Chair of the Board and Superintendent.

2017 Distinguished Volunteers

This year’s six Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients have contributed a combined total of 5,573 hours of volunteer service to the Park District; 419 of those hours occurred in 2016.

distinguished volunteers 2017
Pictured Left to Right: Paul Larson, Cynthia Darby, Hannah Wachtler, Linda McDermott. Not Pictured: Dan Fortin and Kale’a Pawlak-Kjolhaug.

2017 recipients:

Cynthia Darby: Program Assistant, Natural Resources Monitor, Richardson Nature Center

Dan Fortin: Program and Project Assistant, Eastman Nature Center, Kroening Interpretive Center

Paul Larson: Alpine Ski Patroller, Patrol Program Instructor and Park Patroller, Hyland Lake and Elm Creek Park Reserves, Regional Trails

Linda McDermott: Park Patroller, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, and Baker Park Reserves, French Regional Park, Events

Kale’a Pawlak-Kjolhaug: Youth Volunteer-Program Assistant, Natural Resources Monitor and Surveyor, Animal Care Assistant, Lowry Nature Center

Hannah Wachtler: Youth Volunteer-Program Assistant, Natural Resources Project Assistant, Eastman Nature Center, Crow-Hassan Park Reserve

2016 Distinguished Volunteers

The 2016 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award recipients contributed a combined total 7,185 hours of volunteer service to the Park District; 850 of those hours occurred in 2015.

2016 Distinguished Volunteers

2016 recipients:

Rita Baden, Prior Lake:
Park Patroller, Program Assistant and Program Instructor at Cleary Lake Regional Park, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Regional Trails and Richardson Nature Center

Judy Brusseau, Minnetonka:
Program and Project Assistant at Richardson Nature Center

Kim Burke Phillipp, Brooklyn Center:
Program Assistant, Animal Care Assistant, Natural Resources Monitor at Kroening Interpretive Center and Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Marshall Erickson, Spring Park:
Program Assistant at Lowry Nature Center and Grimm Farm Historic Site

Luke Schaffhausen, Champlin:
Youth Volunteer - Program and Animal Care Assistant at Eastman Nature Center

Vicki Zierden, Bloomington:
Alpine Ski Patroller, Patrol Program Instructor and Park Patroller at Hyland Lake and Elm Creek Park Reserves and Regional Trails

Volunteering

Volunteers are vital to the efforts of Three Rivers Park District. Volunteers benefit the Park District in many ways including assisting with nature and recreation-based programming, patrolling slopes and trails, surveying wildlife, assisting with special events and races, habitat restoration, collecting prairie seeds and more.