Cape Lookout National Seashore announced Friday it has selected Marcel Plathe as Volunteer of the Year 2016 for his exceptional commitment to public service while working at the park.
“We are proud to recognize Marcel Plathe as volunteer of the year,” said Acting Superintendent Mike Gauthier, “Marcel was noted by park staff for getting the job done while supporting others with an eye for safety. He embodied public service and teamwork, and we are exceptionally honored to have him on the Cape Lookout team.”
Plathe has volunteered over 460 hours at the park, working behind the scenes. He’s been involved in the park’s 50th anniversary and the National Park Centennial Celebration. The park said he does all this with a smile on his face.
“He was always responsive and helpful,” park officials said in a statement. They added that the Plathe has had a positive effect on the park and that the staff are grateful for all that he has given to Cape Lookout.
Plathe’s name will be added to the park’s “VIP of the Year” plaque on display at the Harkers Island Visitor Center.
Last year, volunteers logged more than 19,000 volunteer hours throughout the park. The park is looking for volunteers who are interested in an opportunity to help the park as a Lighthouse Crew Assistant during the 2017 Summer season.