It is a true honor to share the news that our very own Assistant Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Evans, has been awarded the 2021 Rising Star Award from the NJ Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR). The NJAWR Rising Star Award is given to recognize and encourage an individual who has demonstrated significant dedication, engagement, and promise as a relatively new member of the wildlife rehabilitation community in our state or region. Heather’s commitment to protecting native wildlife runs deep, and her potential to make long-lasting positive impact is limitless.
In one of my previous positions at Cedar Run, I served as our Volunteer Coordinator. Cedar Run is very fortunate to have an enthusiastic, devoted base of new and longtime volunteers that make our work possible. I remember the Volunteer Information Session in February of 2016 when I met Heather Evans. She was so excited to get involved in supporting the mission of Cedar Run. She just could not seem to get enough and her passion for wildlife rehabilitation was obvious. Almost immediately, she signed up for extra volunteer shifts and spent many hours learning from our staff. At the time, she was working a full-time job outside of Cedar Run and keeping up with her obligations as a mother of three. Nevertheless, she found the time to continue to commit countless hours to saving the lives of the wild ones that count on Cedar Run for a second chance. In the spring of 2017, Heather was hired as a part-time Wildlife Hospital staff member.
By June of 2020, Heather was promoted to Assistant Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Volunteer Coordinator. Heather has quickly become an essential member of the Cedar Run team and the wildlife rehabilitation community as a whole in NJ. Her dedication, passion, and expertise have and will continue to play a significant role in sustaining & improving the care provided to NJ’s injured and orphaned wildlife. We are so proud of Heather and are so grateful that her dedication, engagement, and promise have been recognized by the NJ Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators.
— Mike O’Malley, Executive Director