ESLT Executive Director, Kay Ogden, Honored as 2013 Bedrock Award Recipient!

Our executive director, Kay Ogden, has deep roots in our local communities. Over a decade ago she was on the Board of Directors of the Mono County Arts Council, and – soon after – joined the Mono Lake Committee, where she served for four years. Her path then took her to the Sierra Nevada Alliance, teaming up with them in 2006; during her 7 1/2 years with the Alliance, she wore many hats, ultimately serving as their Associate Director.

Kay Ogden

Kay feels, “deeply honored to receive the Bedrock Award. The acknowledgement of my efforts – to work so that future generations have the opportunity to stay on working farms and ranches, have wild places to explore, and have strong local economies that support rural communities – means more than I could ever say.”

Two weeks ago, Kay was honored for her tireless enthusiasm for making the Eastern Sierra a better place to live and work. While attending the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s 20th anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference, she was awarded the 2013 Bedrock Award in appreciation of her years of service to the Alliance. Ironically, the award ceremony took place on a sunset sailing of the Tahoe Queen – an event Kay had planned while still at the Alliance, before she knew she would be the honoree!

The Bedrock Award is traditionally given to a current or past Alliance staff or board member who is, “a bedrock of energy and commitment,” and who helps unite Sierra conservationists throughout our region. Alliance Board Member and Defenders of Wildlife Representative Pamela Flick presented this year’s award, and shared her insights about our dedicated Executive Director with the crowd. “It was simply a no-brainer that Kay Ogden be given the Bedrock Award. She’s a ray of light, wherever she goes… [and] has a special ability to make people feel at ease, feel special, and feel involved.”

The three-day Annual Conference featured several notable speakers, such as renowned journalist and author Bill McKibben and naturalist, educator, and artist John Muir Laws. The weekend was also highlighted by the 2013 AmeriCorps Commencement Ceremony, which our graduating AmeriCorps member, Elise Robinette, attended alongside Kay. Congratulations to Elise on her accomplishments and best wishes for her future success!

“Kay’s passion for sustainability, community, and the land is authentic and she walks the talk. She [is] a key player in working to protect the environment at the community and regional level.” – Pamela Flick, Sierra Nevada Alliance Board Member.