Saturday, April 24, 2010

Beautify CNMI Steward

Saturday morning Beautify CNMI announced and awarded the winners of their annual Steward and Champion Awards. For the last three years I was the one taking the nominations, making the decisions, and handing out the awards. This year it was done by the people who have stepped in to run Beautify CNMI in my absence.

And you know what those crazy people did? They honored me with a Beautify CNMI Steward Award.
beautify cnmi awardsBeautify CNMI announced the winners of their annual Environmental Champion and Environmental Steward Awards on Saturday. The awards were given out to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that have proven to be environmental leaders in volunteering and advocating for the environment in the Commonwealth. Awards were presented, April 24th at the Flametree Arts Festival’s main stage at 10 AM.


The Environmental Steward award recognizes a person or group that leads the community in activities that help protect our environment in a variety of ways. This individual or group has demonstrated the need to take pride in our islands and to take care of the place we all call home. They serve as an example for others, especially the next generation, to follow.

This year Beautify CNMI will recognize Shirley’s Coffee Shop and Angelo O’Connor Villagomez as the 2010 Environmental Stewards.


Angelo O’Connor Villagomez is being recognized for his untiring efforts with numerous environmental volunteer activities, dedication to teaching and encouraging others and leading by example. Since first helping to spearhead Beautify CNMI! in 2006, Villagomez organized and attended literally hundreds of trash cleanups and tree plantings. In 2008, Villagomez helped lead the community outreach and public education effort that lead to the creation of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. Villagomez is a spirited environmental leader working on issues from his heart. “Angelo’s energy and enthusiasm helped take our efforts in cleaning up Saipan to a whole new level. He is missed, but we try to carry on in the path he helped us get started,” said Joe Kaipat, Department of Environmental Quality and strong Beautify CNMI! member.
It really means a lot to me to be recognized. Thank you. And thank you to everyone who volunteered with me; I didn't do anything alone.

I am so happy to see that Beautify CNMI continues to be successful. They just completed another huge island wide cleanup and I'm sure more projects are in the pipeline.

Next year will be the five year anniversary of Beautify CNMI! I can't wait.