At a party aboard the Good Return recently the staff and volunteers from the Shelter got together to say goodbye to two very important people who have done outstanding work with the Shelter while they’ve been on the island. Both will be sorely missed. (note: awards ideas came from Jane and Jim Madden).
Melody Hamilton has been considered a “Queen of Cats” since she’s been a very faithful volunteer in the cat cage beginning in 1999, hardly missing a day. It was a very tearful Melody who received her award, a golden pooper scooper, from Shelter Manager Marlies.
Renata Sanders has been an inspiration for the Shelter in the five years she’s been living and working on the island. She came up with the idea and organized the very popular and lucrative book fairs and flea market. It was she also who put together the weekly Saturday Pakus di Pruga (flea market) in Playa which has been a great moneymaker for the Shelter.
Renata was awarded a golden cash box from chairman of the Shelter board, Paul Wichers, for her devoted work. The next Book Fair/Flea Market at the Shelter on May 5 will be her last one before she leaves the island.
Laura DeSalvo, Bonaire Reporter– April 13-27, 2012