Cameron Parish 4-H Volunteer Earns National Recognition

Richard Bogren  |  11/11/2006 2:14:16 AM

News Release Distributed 12/05/2003

Delia "Dede" Nunez of Cameron has been named one of six national outstanding adult volunteer leaders in 4-H wildlife and fisheries projects.

The selection was made by a panel of judges representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the natural resources and environment unit and the families, 4-H and nutrition unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

Nunez and five other winners will be recognized at the 69th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Spokane, Wash., in March 2004.

Winners were selected for their work with 4-H youth, recruiting other 4-H volunteers and for their work ethic and dedication to 4-H.

Nunez’s work with 4-H started about six years ago when she became coordinator of the Cameron Parish Outdoors Skills Program, which incorporates outdoor skills and shooting sports. Since then, she has trained more than 60 adults, coordinated six state adult training sessions for more than 240 adults and coordinated two youth state shoots with more than 500 participants.

Nunez also has taken other responsibilities, including serving as sponsor for the parish 4-H junior leadership club, serving on the parish 4-H foundation board and the parish 4-H advisory committee, creating a parish 4-H wildlife project club and volunteering at the Wild Woods Wanderings Camps at the Tensas Refuge.

"Over the years, I have developed a great love and knowledge of volunteering for both youth and adults," Nunez wrote in her application for the award. "The more I learn, the greater the desire to learn more and pass that knowledge on to others."

Nunez balances her volunteer work with being a single mother and holding a full-time job with the Cameron Parish Library.

She originally was recruited to 4-H leadership by Michael LaVergne, who was 4-H county agent in Cameron Parish at the time.

"She’s one of those leaders you wish you had a thousand of," said LaVergne, who’s now the 4-H county agent in Beauregard Parish. "She makes sure the kids get what they need. The kids of the parish are really dear to her."

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Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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