Victor Harbor Manager Nedra Haines preparing for a Citizen Science survey on The Big Duck Boat Tours

Hearty congratulations and well done to our wonderful Victor Harbor Manager Nedra Haines – Active Citizenship Award recipient for 2024! 

“In recognition of ongoing marine conservation efforts. Nedra’s contributions to the conservation of marine wildlife will have an enduring impact on the community for years to come. Her passion for marine science and research has been shared through education to the local community, including recently as part of a youth program.”

Nedra – Award announcement PR City of Victor Harbor
Other 2024 Award Recipients with Nedra and Mayor Moira Jenkins – City of Victor Harbor

When asked what the award which will be officially presented at the City of Victor Harbor’s Australia Day celebrations means to Nedra:

“It is always nice to get recognition personally but more importantly I hope it also brings recognition to the groups I volunteer for….especially my first love, dolphins, and the wonderful work that ALL volunteers do. People who are volunteers and Citizen Scientists can make a difference in this world.”

Victor Harbor volunteers Phyll Bartram, Coordinator Tony Bartram, Manager Nedra and Gloria Flamank at a data analysis workshop in the Victor Harbor Library

We are thrilled and delighted to see her broad spectrum, long term involvement in myriad forms of community volunteer activity recognised in 2024. Her outstanding efforts include Victor Harbor Manager of Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch since 2011, long term monitoring and support for the endangered Little Penguin colony monitoring program, and Whale Spotter at the SA Whale Centre, volunteer at the Victor Harbor Visitor Centre / SA Whale Centre, long standing volunteer at the Horse Drawn Tram and Choral Society volunteer.

Data analysis in action at the SA Whale Centre 2019
Nedra, Tony and Phyll with Cathy Riddell – Victor Harbor Visitors Centre / SA Whale Centre Manager 2022
Volunteers Wayne Cornish, Nedra, Tony and Phyll with Dolphin Watch Scientific Advisor Nardi Cribb – SA Whale Centre 2018

Nedra is the perfect example of an outstanding community volunteer acting as our volunteer Manager of the Victor Harbor section of our longitudinal Citizen Science dolphin monitoring project – Kangaroo Island / Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch, in operation since 2005 on Kangaroo Island. We expanded to include Victor Harbor in our regional research in 2011 and for the last 13 years, Nedra has performed her leadership and organizational roles admirably.

This award is an acknowledgement of her commitment to the collection of vital baseline data regarding dolphins by Dolphin Watch. Nedra is passionate, dedicated and committed, showing high levels of inclusivity and integrity with a cooperative, collaborative approach, all leading towards enhanced protection of cetaceans in regional waters.

We salute you dear Nedra!

Your massive contributions over so many years mean so much….indeed making a difference in this wonderful world.

With love and gratitude from us and the dolphins.

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#THANKYOU #love #gratitude

Briefing before a Citizen Science survey on The Big Duck Boat Tours in 2019
The smiles say it all! SA Whale Centre 2022 – Fleurieu Marine Education