Congrats to Russell Onkka for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: OC Community Resources, OC Parks
Honoree Category: Animals & Environment
Why Nominated: Since 2011 he has dedicated more than 1,800 hours of service, providing quality programs for OC Parks’ visitors that focus on OC divers natural resources. Currently serves as the president of OC Parks’ Ranger Reserve Program and was VP in 2012. In 2012, the Ranger Reserve program celebrated its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. As part of the celebration, Russell developed, staffed and organized five public interpretive events throughout Orange County that showcased the Reserve program and OC Parks. The events, which included nature hikes, hands-on activities and site-specific educational materials, attracted more than 1,000 visitors. In planning for the anniversary celebration, Russell contacted vendors, helped design promotional items and trained and scheduled Reserve staff to oversee each location. Russell attended all five events, and his efforts resulted in a successful program that offered the public an enjoyable experience and a greater understanding of and appreciation for Orange County’s rich natural resources.
Through his volunteer efforts, Russell assists with resource management and the development of interpretive opportunities. He is committed to providing OC Parks’ visitors with quality recreational experiences and educational activities. An excellent example of his volunteer commitment occurred when he and another reserve realized that the Santiago Oaks Regional Park Nature Center was seldom open to the public and in need of maintenance. They addressed the maintenance issues, developed several nature hikes and interpretive programs, and for the past year, staffed the nature center once a month. Russell can be counted on to demonstrate exceptional leadership and initiative in every aspect of his volunteer endeavors. He is a valued member of the OC Parks’ Ranger Reserve program.
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