We are both happy and sad to announce two recent staff developments. Sadly, we must say goodbye to our dear colleague Rebecca Berube, who has worked with us over the past year as a Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) fellow. At the same time, we welcome the new PiLA fellow, Erica Thomas, who will be with us for the following year and continue the extremely successful work of Rebecca.
Rebecca worked in our Education and Community Outreach program as the Education Assistant and Social Media Coordinator. Her work was vital to the growth of our community connections, and she made great strides in furthering our mission to increase environmental awareness in kids and adults alike about the importance of themes such as soil quality, seed dispersion or forest growth. With energy, grace and creativity, she supported Carmela, our Director of Education, in working with teachers and volunteers to create eco-excursions for our Pedasi Ecopelaos Program. She participated in fairs, supported our guest expert events and did great work to grow our social media base, thus raising national and global awareness for our work in Pedasi and in the Azuero Peninsula.
The schools and communities where Rebecca worked will also miss her constant enthusiasm, as was shown by the community of Colan, which is part of 2015 Education Initiative. The community and school threw a surprise farewell party for Rebecca during her last day of work. The children of the school put on a local show of songs and plays, and the adults prepared a dinner to thank her for her dedication. The Perfect Earth Project – Azuero cannot sufficiently thank the school and community of Colan their enthusiasm and support for the project and its mission. These connections are the ones which will ensure sustainable environmental protection in the Azuero Peninsula, and are the type which Rebecca helped to build in her past year here.
Rebecca has been an invaluable support for the mission, and we wish her the best for her future.