September 2012: This season’s Acorn Award goes to Jennifer Psyllakis. Jen has ably seen GOERT through one of its most challenging times during the past year, acting not only as Chair of the Board, but also as Treasurer. She willingly took increasing amounts of personal and holiday time to handle the hiring of a new Executive Director, fill the gap created by the departure of the Financial Administrator, negotiate a possible office move, ensure financial stability for the society, plan and run Board meetings, and perform many other Board-related tasks.
Fellow director Jan Kirkby says, “Jen has been one of GOERT’s most dedicated members and directors, willingly taking on a myriad of duties and roles with an unfailingly positive attitude, even when she had a new baby in tow! An amazingly well-organized and hard-working person who does most of her GOERT work behind the scenes, Jen is a wildlife ecologist with the BC Ministry of Environment, and has served on the GOERT Team and Board since 2007. Jen has been a pleasure to work with, and although she is stepping down as Board Chair, we’re very happy that she has agreed to carry on as a Board member.”