Honoree 2013 – Kathleen Gonzales

Congrats to Kathleen Gozales for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Gonzales_KathleenName:  Kathleen Gozales

Nominating Organization:  OC Community Resources, OC Parks

Honoree Category:  Animals & Environment

Why Nominated:  The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, a partnership between OC and CSU Fullerton, prepares and curates artifacts and fossils collected during construction on OC lands.  Although the Center opened in 2011, the collection started in 1977 and contains over 2 million objects.  In 2012, the Center had 3 staff and 41 volunteers from all walks of life with different skills and interests assisting in these tasks.  Volunteers included 15 working in archaeology and 26 in paleontology and together donated ~4500 hours of work.  The volunteers also planned and participated in three outside, educational events sponsored by the Cooper Center.  They developed educational programming, organized participants and vendors, shared their knowledge with the public, and instilled the event with professionalism and enthusiasm.  They were always excited about what they were doing and enjoyed sharing that excitement with other people.

Visitors to the laboratory and to our educational events often comment on the professionalism and passion of our volunteers.  These volunteers are crucial to the success of the laboratory, and as a group are deserving of recognition by the County.  We would not be able to accomplish any of the missions of the Cooper Center in a timely manner without the volunteers’ help.  In paleontology, Kathleen Gonzales was selected because of her amazing commitment typical of our volunteers.  Despite working hard to finish her master’s thesis in archaeology and volunteering at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, she contributed over 400 hours to the center. Kathy is always on hand at Cooper events, and helps other volunteers in paleontology.

Please write a note of congratulations below!

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