Class of ’90
Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2010
The search for the 2010 recipient of NSAC’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year award didn’t have the committee looking far. This year’s recipient is one of NSAC’s own. Staff member, graduate and volunteer, that is.
Jean Lynds couldn’t be more deserving of this award. Characterized by those who know her, Jean is witty, mischievous and good humored. She is a quiet crusader who is always keen to lend a helping hand and expects nothing in return.
Jean grew up on the family farm in River John, NS. Graduating from NSAC in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science she eventually returned to campus to work. Currently, Jean fills the role of crops and ruminant coordinator at the Ruminant Animal Centre.
Jean volunteers many hours at NSAC, working above and beyond her regular job description. As an active member of the NSAC Alumni Association Board of Directors, Jean is a critical part of the team. Not only does she bring forward great ideas to advance the board’s mandate, but she never hesitates to take ideas or tasks to fruition. She is always keen to represent the Alumni Association at various events and act on behalf of the directors.
Jean’s involvement on campus doesn’t stop there. She can always be counted on to coordinate farm tours for Recruitment or external groups. Even when given little notice, she pleasantly accommodates groups of all sizes and ages.
Jean is also active with College Royal, Orientation activities, NSAC’s Christmas Parade float and live nativity scene and has even volunteered during NSAC athletic events.
Amid all of this work, Jean still makes time to dedicate to the local community. She has held various roles with minor hockey and soccer and has coached baseball. She has spent time as a Sunday school teacher with the North River United Church and has assisted with the after-school program at North River Elementary School.
Charities have even been touched by Jean. The Terry Fox run celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. This milestone marked Jean’s 29th year participating for the well-known cause. On top of also being a regular blood donor, she has participated in the Relay for Life and been involved with the United Way.
Jean lives in North River, NS with her husband and two children.
Jean is a perfect example of NSAC’s belief that one person can make a difference.
It is most fitting that Jean Lynds be named the 2010 recipient of NSAC’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year award.