ELAINE MACINTOSH

MARCH 2019

After a career spent as a radiologic technologist and a flight attendant, I moved to Naples in 2009 from Minneapolis Minnesota because I was ready to get out of the snow, and was excited to golf year round!

After living in Naples a few years, I joined the Conservancy as a volunteer in the von Arx Wildlife hospital. I had been involved in wildlife rehab in Minnesota and missed it very much. When moving to Naples I thought I would take a short break from the rehab world, but an injured turtle had other plans! I brought him to the wildlife hospital and Joanna checked him in. I briefly mentioned I had previous volunteer experience in wildlife rehabilitation in Minnesota and was interested in volunteering here in Naples, and the rest is history!


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My most memorable time here at the Conservancy was after hurricane Irma. I showed up to the hospital a few days after Irma, and was blown away. The conditions were very difficult: no electricity, animals everywhere, no working bathrooms, and we couldn’t dump water down the sink. The staff, interns, and volunteers became very creative. I was so impressed by everyone’s hard work, and I was humbled by the community and their support. In addition to fulfilling several shifts at the wildlife hospital each week, I have been a mentor at New Beginning School, a school for at youth risk since 2011.

Thank you, Elaine, for your role in protecting Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life…now and forever.

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