The Galveston Bay Foundation recognized Dobie High School aquatics teacher Cindy Wilems as the 2015 Community Guardian of the Bay during their annual award ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Hilton Americas Houston.
The event honors an individual, organization and company that have been instrumental in preserving, protecting and enhancing Galveston Bay. Wilems was recognized for her community outreach efforts with the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Youth Education Program, known as Get Hip to Habitat. She was also recognized for expanding the aquatic science program at Dobie, which has increased from three classes in 2011 to 18 this school year.
She is the first teacher to be recognized as a guardian of the bay.
“It’s nice to get recognition for all the hard work we’ve done over the years,” Wilems said. “When I found out the Galveston Bay Foundation does the Get Hip to Habitat program, I wanted to get involved and I wanted my students to have an opportunity to do something positive for the environment.”
Wilems was accompanied by family, friends, aquatics students and Dobie principal, Franklin Moses. The master of ceremonies, Frank Billingsley, KPRC chief meteorologist, presented the award in front of a crowded room of Houston’s elite, including the keynote speaker Captain Brian Penoyer, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and Galveston Bay Foundation president Bob Stokes.
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