By Submitted Story on February 4, 2021
Former North Carolina Aquarium staff member Jennifer Gamiel was presented and honored with the Old North State Award on Feb. 3. The award, issued by Governor Roy Cooper, recognized the “dedication and service beyond expectation and excellence to the Great State of North Carolina.”
Gamiel, who steadfastly served the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the North Carolina Aquarium Society, and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, during her 27 plus years of service, retired Nov. 1, 2020.
As the visitor and member services coordinator, Gamiel’s commitment to customer service for an annual audience of more than 350,000 visitors was the shining star of her many contributions to the State of North Carolina, its residents and aquarium visitors. Her other key contributions include growing the aquarium’s security and safety department, and, in 2010, shepherding in a new point-of-sale system for the North Carolina Aquarium Division
A graduate of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership OBX program, Gamiel is greatly respected for her community service work, her commitment to the Roanoke Island Food Pantry, and her service to the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church. She has worked closely with residents, and in her role at the aquarium, to develop and steer programs that bring food and other services to those in need of support during times of critical crisis.