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COTI selects Anders as 2008 Citizen of the Year

By Staff | Mar 24, 2009

Last week, the Committee of the Islands (COTI) named Kristie Anders, Education Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) its Citizen of the Year for 2008.

Anders joined SCCF in 1988 as the sole member of its Education Department. The department now has four full-time staff and a myriad of volunteers who touched the lives of over 38,000 visitors and residents in 2008.

In presenting the award at COTI’s annual membership meeting, COTI President John Harries described Anders’ role at SCCF and commented that “Kristie has a truly comprehensive understanding of our natural world and is called on to be a resource person for innumerable educational activities at the Foundation. She has been an advocate for preservation of Sanibel’s fresh water interior wetlands, conservation of the Sanibel River, healing of our coastal waters and protection of our wildlife. First and foremost, Kristie is a born teacher. She brings nature alive for tourists and residents alike.”

Anders holds dual degrees in Marine Science and Environmental Education from Penn State University. Prior to coming to SCCF, she acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience as a marine educator in the Florida Keys, a ranger in Everglades National Park and an outdoor recreation planner at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

COTI is a Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to, among other things, preservation of Sanibel’s sanctuary quality. It presents the Citizen of the Year Award annually to the individual who best exemplifies a commitment to the values it espouses.