Heart-warming and meaningful – celebrating Sea World's Voluntary Guides

  • 16 May 2017

Sylvia Jacobs, in her unassuming and gentle manner, had the packed hall enthralled with her stories gathered through over 35 years of voluntary service to SAAMBR.

Judy Mann, Liz Cook, Sue Balding, Neville Callenborne, Sue Funston, Sylvia Jacobs, Marj Phillips, Ann Gibson and Sonja Gibson. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

From collection trips on the once well-known research vessel, the Meiring Naude, to sharing pink polony sandwiches with 1 000 children on their first train visit to Durban from Johannesburg, from the first courses for learners at Sea World to painting whole buildings, Sylvia had us spellbound as she took us back in time and reminded us of how hard work, commitment and perseverance were rewarded, not financially, but in amazing experiences, opportunities and a chance to learn and grow.

Sylvia Jacobs (right) receives her Living Legends Series award from conservation strategist Judy Mann. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

Since the start of education at Sea World, in 1975, the Sea World Voluntary Guides have been the backbone of our education work. Through the years over 200 volunteers have devoted over 12 000 working days, without any form of payment, to Sea World.

The evidence of their work is manifest in so many ways throughout our facility, and without them education at uShaka Sea World would simply not be possible. Generations of young people have been inspired to care for the ocean after a guided tour of the aquarium, a lesson, a field visit or a course.

The following Sea World Education Guides have all been presented with certificates to acknowledge their selfless dedication to marine conservation through over 20 years of voluntary service each: Sue Balding, Sally Cousis, Neville Callenborne, Liz Cook, Karin Cooper, Rita Fougstedt, Sue Funston, Ann Gibson, Sonja Gibson, Marj Phillips, Sylvia Jacobs, Judy Roberts and Lucinda Wilson.

We salute and thank you all – our organisation and marine conservation in South Africa owe you all an enormous debt of gratitude.

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