NAS Whidbey volunteer receives lifetime achievement award

Tessi Shafer - Photo provided
Tessi Shafer
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Tessi Shafer, a volunteer with Whidbey Island Naval Air Station's Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop, recently became the seventh recipient of the Mrs. Grace Glenwood Higginson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award, signed by retired Adm. Steve Abbot, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society president, is the society's highest volunteer honor.

Shafer has held a wide variety of jobs at the Thrift Shop, from general worker to sorter, to administrative support and culminating in her long-serving role as Thrift Shop lead.

She is uniquely qualified to mentor volunteers who speak English as a second language, and always makes an effort to help them adjust to a new culture, language and land, according to the base Public Affairs office.

Shafer's management is reflected in the care shown to young parents looking to find affordable and essential items for their newborns, and in the unique partnership she encourages between the Thrift Shop and Budget for Baby program, according to Public Affairs.

The award recognizes outstanding, sustained volunteer service to sailors, Marines and their families, typically at multiple sites and in various roles of increasing responsibility, according to Public Affairs.


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