Fabulous Volunteers Honored For 2017 Service


On February 3rd, 2018, the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation celebrated and recognized the dedicated volunteers at Mission Trails Regional Park at the Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner.  Over 200 active volunteers selflessly give of their time and talents to make the park such a special place to experience. In 2017, over 13,000 volunteer hours were worked by people coming from across the county to help make MTRP the special place that it is. The following individuals were recognized for their outstanding service in the respective areas during the year of 2017 –

Silvie Plesim: Volunteer of the Year; 

Dave and Jody Rowley: Trail Guide;

George Varga: Volunteer Patrol;

Mary Wagner: Visitor Center;

Algie and Marnie Hassler: Campground;

Gerry Tietje: Gift Shop;

Carolyn Barkow: Library;

Shane Douty: Habitat Improvement;

Cody Ambrose: Trail Restoration;

Kayla Poirier: Park Beautification;

Bob Graham: West Sycamore;

Mitsuo Tomita, Charles Carter, & Desiree Cera: Concert Program

After the hosted barbeque dinner at the Visitor Center, Councilmember Scott Sherman thanked the volunteers for their many work hours and dedication. The Rangers awarded the volunteers with recognition certificates and the Foundation provided gift cards of appreciation. The takeaway message from the evening was how vital all of the volunteers are to the successful operations of Mission Trails Regional Park, and in creating an extraordinary experience for all who visit.