Our Volunteers



October 2019

Volunteers of the Month

‘Heather Matthews’

We just love it when Heather takes command of the reception desk in the Nature Centre! Heather readily offers a warm smile and assistance to every guest and staff member. Heather willingly seeks a variety of assignments to stay busy and makes ‘multi-tasking’ look absolutely easy! To say that she is ‘proficient’ is an under-statement. We are very thankful for the hours that Heather donates and she is a tremendous asset to the team! Thank you for donating your time to help us—we are so appreciative of your commitment and helping hands!

September 2019

Volunteers of the Month

‘Maureen Kane’

We are thrilled to recognize and thank Maureen Kane for all she does for Heartland Forest. Providing critical support to our Finance Department, Maureen prepares bank deposits, assists with event reconciliations, floats, cashier duties and more. She jumps right in when the call goes out for Christmas baking, kitchen laundry relief, facility support, 3rd party fundraisers and then some. We truly enjoy her warm and caring personality and that beautiful smile. Thank you Maureen for sharing all of your talents with us!

August 2019

Volunteers of the Month

‘Eco Gardeners’

Thank you to our fantastic Gardening Club Volunteers! Despite the incredible heat and humidity, this dedicated group diligently came out to do garden maintenance, watering, weeding, and planting. The TLC that our garden beds received was absolutely stellar and the property is looking better and better. Thank you for donating your time to help us—we are so appreciative of your commitment and helping hands!

JULY 2019

Volunteers of the Month

‘Summer Camp Volunteers’

Camp was an incredible experience for all of the children who participated this month and we are so grateful to our amazing camp volunteers! The children have told us it was the most fun they had all summer and they learned a lot too. Each one of you has a wonderful ability to connect with our campers as you share your commitment, enthusiasm and patience. The children are so lucky to have you, and so are we! Thank you for being such special individuals!

JUNE 2019

Volunteers of the Month

‘Golf Committee’

Heartland Forest enjoyed another successful Golf Tournament this year and we applaud all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make this day a great success! This team rallied to garner tournament sponsors, players, auction items and prizes to ensure that everyone had a wonderful day. We can’t thank you enough for being a part of this important fundraiser and know we couldn’t have done this without all of you! "In golf as in life, it is the follow through that makes the difference." Dr Seuss

APRIL 2019

Volunteer of the Month

Jacob Graham

We are so thankful to have Jacob Graham on our incredible volunteer team! Whether he is helping out with property maintenance, facility set ups, train rides or events, no request or task is too much for this amiable young man. Everything is managed with a contagious smile and willing spirit. Jacob, we are truly grateful for the hours that you donate despite your busy work/school/family schedule. Thank you for all you give to Heartland Forest ~ we love you!

MARCH 2019

Volunteer of the Month

Kathy Felice and Lend-A-Hand Puppeteers

If you grew up watching Lamb Chop, the Muppets, Howdy Doody, or Punch and Judy, you understand just how magical puppets can be for children. Under the leadership of Kathy Felice, we salute a dedicated group of puppeteers who bring alive a world of fantasy and imagination. With a variety of handmade puppets, a colorful theater, amazing props and background music, this talented group captivates audiences of all ages! The squeals and laughter of your fans is testament to the joy and fun they experience during these one-of-a-kind performances! Thank you for sharing your gift with so many!



Volunteer of the Month

Andrew McIntyre

This month we celebrate a wonderful addition to our ’Volunteer Family’.  Andrew brings a warm spirit and dedication to all tasks, and is a real joy to be around.  Dan truly enjoys working with you and appreciates your willingness to lend a hand to the many “to do’s”, both inside the facility and on the grounds.  Andrew brings cheerful energy to everything he does.  We are so appreciative of your commitment and dedication.  Andrew, you are a true friend of the forest and we thank you for all the cheer you bring to all of us!



Volunteer of the Month 

Alex Thatcher

Alex, you are a fantastic addition to Heartland Forest.  Always ready with a cheerful smile and friendly attitude, Alex is willing to put in extra hours to do whatever is needed.  

That’s what makes you so special.  We love how you interact with all ages and abilities – making them feel welcome and special. We truly appreciate all you do and thank you for sharing your lovely spirit with all of us!