Windreach Volunteer Award: Annika Kuruvilla

June 28, 2018

WindReach recently held their Volunteer Appreciation Event, where they honoured the services of more than 80 volunteers that assist with the delivery of programmes for Bermuda’s special needs community and announced the Student Volunteer of the Year, Annika Kuruvilla.

This is the first year WindReach has presented the award, which looks to recognize a student volunteer between the ages of 15 and 19 based on the guidelines demonstrated through volunteerism at WindReach understands excellence in community service and wholeheartedly supports the Organization’s vision and mission; strives to create impact by acting above and beyond their expected voluntary position; demonstrates initiative and leadership that supports the Organization’s therapeutic and recreational programmes; a positive role model that inspires and encourages others; and fulfills their role with dedication, consistency, willingness and enthusiasm.

Annika Kuruvilla Student Volunteer Bermuda June 2018

Annika, 18, in the BHS IB Programme graduating year of 2018, began volunteering at WindReach in September 2016.

WindReach said they are “incredibly grateful to have such a phenomenal student volunteer who has given in excess of 600 volunteer hours since September 2016.”

Annika has given her time to assist with stable chores, weekend animal feeding and turn-out shifts, provide horse husbandry, assist with Stable maintenance and basic operations, leading ponies in lessons for individuals with special needs under the Therapeutic Riding Instructor’s guidance, facilitating educational and recreational petting zoo tours and supporting the WindReach staff with camp and group activities.

Ms. Kuruvilla said, “I started volunteering at WindReach in the fall of 2016 and I’ve fallen in love with the animals and the people here.”

“I was so grateful to win the Student Volunteer of the Year Award and to be the first recipient was even more incredible. The people at WindReach have become like my family and I’m so thankful to be able to accept this award from an incredible organization.”

Annika Kuruvilla and Bo Bermuda June 2018

Paige Eversley, WindReach Volunteer and Recreation Coordinator, said, “The value our volunteers bring to WindReach is unmeasurable. Through unique and rewarding volunteer opportunities we are able to have people of all abilities help to support our programmes and therapy animals. Without our volunteer support WindReach would not be the success it is today and the WindReach family couldn’t be more grateful.”

The organisation said, “Paige looks forward to presenting this Award again in June 2019 at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event and accepts nominations of WindReach student volunteers from WindReach Volunteers, Participants, Staff and the WindReach Board of Directors.

“If you are interested in Volunteering at WindReach to celebrate all abilities, please reach out to Paige through 238-2469, or”

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  1. Jennie Lee O'Donnell says:

    Congratulations, Annika! Well deserved! Windreach should also be congratulated for running an excellent program helping so many of different abilities. Windreach is like family and an amazing place to volunteer for.