Jill Hein photo — Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell holds her Jan Holmes Island County Volunteer of the Year award plaque.

Jill Hein photo — Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell holds her Jan Holmes Island County Volunteer of the Year award plaque.

Coupeville woman earns Coastal Volunteer award

Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell was recently named the Jan Holmes Island County Coastal Volunteer of the Year.

Dubpernell was chosen for the award in front of audience of more than 600 people at Sound Waters University on Feb. 3 at South Whidbey High School.

Dubpernell holds several different volunteer roles, according to a press release.

She is coordinator of the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a member of the Orca Network’s board, a regular docent at the Langley Whale Center — where she curates the center’s extensive marine mammal specimens — and is a member of the Sound Water Stewards.

She is the eighth Island County resident honored since 2011 when the Island County Marine Resources Committee and WSU Island County Extension created the Jan Holmes Coastal Volunteer of the Year award. Holmes was part of the young Beach Watcher program in 1990 and later led the effort in shoreline intertidal monitoring that resulted in Island County having more information about its shoreline than any other county in all of Puget Sound, according to the press release. She was also a leader of the all-volunteer eelgrass monitoring team.

The Sound Water Stewards also co-sponsors the award.

Preceding Dubpernell as winners were Barbara Brock, Sammye Kempbell, Phyllis Kind, Jill Hein, Ken Urstad, Bob Gentz and Connie Clark.

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