2016 Year in Review: Elizabeth Brooks, Office Manager

It’s time to look back on 2016! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2016 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

In May, one of the Wildlife Center’s board members hosted a reception at his home in Northern Virginia. Amanda, Raina, Lacy, and I loaded up the van that Tuesday afternoon and headed north. When we do these events we sometimes whine about the travel, and the late nights, and having to smile the whole time. My three co-workers had already done one of these “Board-hosted” receptions, but this was my first.

I am happy to say it was a wonderful evening, and I had a lot of fun. I always have fun with Amanda, Raina, and Lacy, so that was a given. In addition to that, Dickson and Bridgette were wonderful hosts, their house is lovely, and their new dog is a sweetheart. And I love listening to Amanda and Raina answer questions when they have an animal out; I always learn something. We knew just a handful of the people that would be there, and it was lovely seeing them. But one of the best conversations I had that night was with a couple who knew very little about the Wildlife Center. I had a great time getting to know them, and answering their questions. When you're doing the grunt work, sitting at a desk staring at a computer, these events can be great reminders of the amazing work that we do.

But I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the evening was when we headed home. The four of us were hungry and we decided we had better find something to eat before we left the area. Raina gets all excited about Wawa and their mac’n cheese. I had never been to a Wawa; the name still puzzles me. But I often see it on credit-card statements from staff that are traveling, so I figured it must be good. And oh my, was it.

It was a great night all around.

--Elizabeth

Keep checking the Wildlife Center's blog for more year-end posts this week!