January 22, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight: Kiersten Demmond

Kiersten Demmond Photo for Jan 2015 Volunteer Spotligh

Kiersten Demmond is an exceptional member of the Dunes Center's educational team. Kiersten is a Liberal Studies and Studio Art student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has been working specifically on the Dunes Center's Creative Writing program, teaching students about natural science, different mediums of art, and integrating the two disciplines in her lessons. In her spare time, Kiersten enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and exploring new mediums of art. Kiersten has been able to pursue subjects she is passionate about through the Dunes Center's environmental education internship.

Kiersten has been providing students with opportunities to express themselves, build confidence, and try new ways of creating art. For Kiersten, one of the most rewarding experiences of leading these programs has been seeing her students learn techniques one week, and then applying them in other lessons. Interestingly, she found, the more difficult and challenging lessons may have been the most well received by her students.

Kiersten has really enjoyed becoming a part of the Guadalupe community. By volunteering with the Dunes Center, she has had the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of different people from all walks of life. Kiersten also enjoys volunteering at Dunes Center outreach events because they are "fun, informative, and engaging." She thinks the Dunes Center is a great place to volunteer because it offers such a wide variety of opportunities and there are many ways for people to utilize their talents. Volunteers can be part of the solution in a non-conventional way, and operate under excellent leadership.

Upon first volunteering with the Dunes Center, she was surprised to learn about the different movies that have been filmed in the dunes, including Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. She draws inspiration from the story of Kathleen Goddard Jones, and is amazed by the incredible amount of dune hiking areas available to the public.

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