Why do you think Phillips Wharf and its mission is important?
Well, it's vitally important, especially these days, to protect our water ways and ecosystems for the future generations. Rebuilding the oyster beds in the Chesapeake goes a long way towards accomplishing that goal locally. And, if it builds success locally, then you can start drawing attention at a national level, coupled with bringing awareness to the younger generation you have the ability to really spread an important message.
How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?
I got a chance to work with a lot of animals and people I did not think I'd have the chance to work with. I also got a chance to be welcomed into an incredible community on Tilghman Island, work on some incredible projects, and learn far, far more about the Chesapeake and it's importance to the DMV than I honestly thought possible at the time.
Can you share a story about an event or a moment when you felt like Phillips Wharf made a difference for someone?
I was lucky enough to work on the fish-mobile on various expeditions around the state, and I must admit it always impressed me how well the kids listened to the information and stories we had to tell them, and in such a unique learning environment too, I'm quite optimistic our message made a difference.
Since your time at Phillips Wharf, what have you done? Share with us some of the neat experiences you’ve had since you left.
The whole reason I was living in that part of the world at the time was because my family was preparing to move to Ireland, which was a move I completed in December '11. I lived there for about 3 years, where I had taken a job bartending at a local pub. I moved back to Georgia in '14 to help the family out, continued my work behind the bar, only now at a five star resort, where I was able to hone my skills and passion over the next few years. Nowadays I live in Taupo, New Zealand with my girlfriend, where I continue work in the hospitality field, while enjoying the perks of being a kiwi!
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