Wednesday, July 5, 2017

All Access Save the Harbor

Me gearing up for the rope course on Long Island.
Hello all!

Maxwilliams here, returning for yet another exciting summer on the harbor! I have just recently graduated from Stonehill College, receiving a hard-earned degree in Biology. I have spent the last few months working with Save the Harbor Save the Bay helping to restore budget funding for the better beaches program that is responsible for the up-keep of the region's many beaches. With the help of our President and the Save the Harbor team, we have hosted several fundraising events, our largest one being the Shamrock Splash held last March where the Save the Harbor crew jumped into the at-the-time frigid Boston Harbor in conjunction with nearly 250 participants. We have also attended numerous public hearings along the north shore, including one at the State House, addressing the importance of the maintenance of our region’s public beaches and urging that we continue to work improving their conditions.

A few incredible tall ships docked in the Boston Harbor!
A little bit about myself; I was born in Nigeria but I have spent the majority of my life living in Boston. I am the second oldest of five children and love sports, my favorite being football. This summer I am proud to announce I will be working as a Senior Harbor Educator with the All Access Boston Harbor crew, providing fishing education and sports activities to hundreds of children every day! It wasn't until beginning working for Save the Harbor Save the Bay three years ago that I was able to experience the Boston Harbor and all of its beauty, through events ranging from fishing tournaments to civic engagement and community service, all the way to seafood festivals and the company's annual Beach Bash and Splash. This past spring I was even fortunate enough to witness the arrival of several tall ships, clippers and schooners alike, to Boston Harbor-- an event that has not taken place in Boston for nearly half a decade! Yes the word "tall" is in their description, but one does not truly appreciate the meaning of the word until faced with the ships' hulking masts and sails, not to mention their fully operational firing cannons.

Suffice to say I am definitely excited for the upcoming summer, getting to know my new All Access crew and continuing the company's mission of sharing the Boston harbor, along with its beautiful islands and public beaches, with its many inhabitants and instilling in them a sense of ownership of this pristine natural resource. Jealous?

Yours truly,
Maxwilliams Iwula

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