Mary Vespia

Q: How long have you been volunteering at NABC?

A: I started volunteering at NABC in February 2010

Q: What motivated you to volunteer at NABC?

A: Watching the webcam in 2010, seeing the birth of Hope, realizing for probably the first time that animals in the wild are not so different from people. I witnessed expressions of love and frustration on Lily’s part as she cared for her cub – and realized the importance of education regarding black bears. My experiences in Ely since 2010 have only strengthened the need for education. My previous feeling of a fear of black bears has changed to a feeling of respect for them and the need for co-existence.

Q: What do you do as a volunteer?

A: Work as the Co-coordinator of Lily’s FUNdraising Team

Q: Is there one memorable experience you’ve had as a volunteer?

A: Every experience has been memorable, due to the people who give so generously of their time, talents, gifts and hearts. It was very amazing when the original debt was paid off – and is equally amazing to be a part of fund raising for the Hope Learning Center.

Q: What would you like volunteers to know about you?

A: I am a semi-retired RN who works part time as a private consultant, plus I volunteer whenever my skills are of benefit in our community. I also love doing genealogy and volunteer at our local genealogical museum. I am married, and Tom and I have a daughter, Kris. We also have a furbaby (Hobo) who loves his time Ely every summer as much as we do.