IDL SIG announces its 2021 SIG award recipients!

by Lori Meyer and Maralee Sautter

The IDL SIG is proud to announce our 2021 SIG awards! These awards provide us with an additional opportunity to recognize the volunteers who work so hard to make our SIG the excellent community that it is. 

Volunteer Achievement, which recognizes the services of a SIG volunteer over time.  We have two recipients this year because it was an extraordinarily active year.

The first Volunteer Achievement award goes to Viqui Dill, a long-time SIG member who has served in many volunteer capacities, including co-manager, programs manager, and technical tools goddess. Viqui’s award citation reads:

For the joyful energy you bring to everything you do, including recruiting great speakers for our webinars, sharing our accomplishments through many outlets, and strengthening our community with your good heart and technical superpowers.

The second Volunteer Achievement award goes to Mellissa Ruryk, another long-time SIG member who has also served in volunteer activities, including co-manager, student outreach, and all things in between. Mellissa’s award citation reads:

For your vision to strengthen and expand our student outreach program and increase volunteer participation by offering short-term jobs (toe-dips), and for organizing a fun and engaging virtual scavenger hunt at our community's Summit 2021 social networking event.

New Volunteer, which recognizes a SIG member who has demonstrated exemplary service as a first-time volunteer. The New Volunteer award goes to Anita Matechuk, who has become our student volunteer extraordinaire in less than a year. Anita’s citation reads:

For stepping up to leadership without a moment's hesitation, serving as SIG secretary, providing valuable insights into using tools such as Facebook, Slack, and Zoom, and inspiring and recruiting new volunteers to be part of our community.

Congratulations to Viqui, Mellissa, and Anita, and we look forward to naming next year's award recipients!

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