Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Introducing Colleen Canfield!

GREAT news! The talent search is over – I have found my replacement.

Please join me in welcoming Colleen Canfield as the new Adopt a Beach Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator.

After interviewing five applicants (three of them strong contenders) I determined that Colleen was the best choice for the position. She meets all of the requirements we were looking for – and more.

Colleen is a professional geologist with an MS in geology from SDSU. She is a new resident of San Clemente, recently moving here from San Diego. She is an active member of Surfrider and has participated in beach cleanup events. Of particular interest is her experience working with databases – a skill set which will be key in achieving our goal of automating the data tracking process. She is organized, energetic, highly personable, and a clear communicator. She is also willing to commit a minimum of 1 year to the position and to recruit and train her replacement when the time comes. I believe that Colleen has the passion, the experience and the skill set we need to take the Adopt a Beach program to the next level.

You'll be hearing directly from Colleen in future blog postings and will have a chance to meet her in person at the upcoming kick off/team social meeting. (Nothing has been announced yet, but it keep your calendar clear for early June). I plan to remain an active member of the Watershed Task Force and will be on hand to support Colleen during the training and transition period.

In the meantime, please start faxing your data collection sheets to Colleen at 714-371-1852.

This is an exciting new chapter for the Adopt a Beach Program. I can't wait to see your new initiatives and progress in the months ahead! Speaking of progress...
News Flash!
SDSU has just completed a study on the impact of cigarette butts. Based on the results of their findings (one cigarette butt can kill a fish in a liter of water within 96 hours) they are pushing to get filtered cigarette butts classified as toxic waste with strict rules for disposal. Given the large number of cigarette butts you all find each month, I know this is a topic of great interest. Thanks to Mary Vondrak with Environmental Programs for bringing this to my attention.
Here's a link to the article if you'd like to read it yourself: