Honoree 2015 – Ken Yamagata

Congrats to Ken Yamagata for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Name:  Ken Yamagata

Nominating Organization:  OC Parks

Honoree Category:  Animals & Environment

Why Nominated:  Ken has been a dedicated volunteer at Upper Newport Bay for many years now. On a weekly basis you will find him set up at along a popular path around the Bay to provide information, education and interpretation to visitors. In the afternoons, he provides front desk coverage at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.

Ken has shown long term dedication to Upper Newport Bay, having volunteered through the Newport Bay Conservancy since 2006. In that time he has contributed over 1,600 hours of service. His presence is consistent, but flexible, as he is willing to change his plans at the last minute to help out where ever is needed most.

When volunteering at the Muth Interpretive Center, Ken goes above and beyond normal “coverage”. His engaging personality makes visitors fell welcome and eager to ask questions. Ken always strives to find the best answers, sometimes prompting conversation and debate amongst staff and other volunteers. He encourages all of us to think a little deeper and seek out new information. Without Ken’s volunteer time, we would not be able to provide the high level of visitor interaction that we currently do. He is one of our most valuable assets at Upper Newport Bay and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center.

Please write a note of congratulations below!


3 thoughts on “Honoree 2015 – Ken Yamagata

  1. Ken thank you so much for all the time and support you have given us, here at the Bay. You’re always ready to give more then expected. We appreciate all that you do for us and you know a lot about the Bay and love to share it.

  2. Hi Ken,

    Thank you for making a difference at Upper Newport Bay! You help Bay visitors have an exceptional experience and make the work day even better for park staff.

    Jennifer Naegele
    OC Parks

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