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Excellence award for Katanning Bush Rangers instructor

Dedication, leadership and a caring approach have earned Katanning Senior High School Bush Rangers cadet instructor Sarah Watson a 2014 Bush Rangers Instructor Excellence Award.

The awards are presented each year by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Bush Rangers program to recognise outstanding achievement.

Parks and Wildlife Great Southern acting district manager Mitchell Davies said Miss Watson had developed a Bush Rangers program that met the needs of students in the Katanning cadet unit.

“Her caring and nurturing manner has enabled the cadets to engage in positive experiences that build self-confidence, leadership skills, as well as environmental and conservation knowledge,” Mr Davies said.

“The Bush Rangers under Miss Watson’s leadership have provided community service with Clean Up Australia, spraying bridal creeper with Katanning Landcare, worked with the Curtin University Mildew Mania project and planted trees around Katanning Creek.

“She has also been instrumental in organising relevant and informative camps and excursions for Bush Rangers over the last three years including Perup Wildlife Sanctuary, Castle Rock, the Stirling Ranges, Dryandra Forest and Fitzgerald River National Park.”

Miss Watson has been involved in Bush Rangers for four years and has given hundreds of hours of service.

“She goes above and beyond, putting in many more hours than what she actually logs,” Mr Davies said.

“Parks and Wildlife is delighted to present this award to a very worthy winner.”

Bush Rangers, which has been running for 16 years, is a voluntary program for high school students with an interest in conservation and the natural environment.

There are around 2100 cadets throughout WA and every year about 250 instructors volunteer tens of thousands of hours’ service for the cadets. The Instructors Excellence Award is presented to five instructors each year.

Bush Rangers WA is funded by Department of Local Government and Communities though Cadets WA and program support is provided by Department of Parks and Wildlife.

 

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