CANNON BEACH — Out of more than 30,000 volunteers statewide, Cannon Beach local Jenee Pearce-Mushen received leader of the year award from the environmental organization SOLVE.
Pearce-Mushen was recognized with the honor at Tuesday’s Cannon Beach City Council meeting for her 10 years of service with the SOLVE, an organization that facilitates cleanup efforts on beaches, parks, neighborhoods and other natural spaces.
SOLVE program manager Joy Hawkins recognized Pearce-Mushen for leading more than 41 events, which involved organizing more than 4,000 volunteers. Hawkins said the beach cleanup events she has organized alone have helped remove 44,000 pounds of debris from Cannon Beach over the past decade.
“Jenee is always there, always ready to jump for an opportunity every time we reach out to her,” Hawkins said. “Thank you for always being ready.”
Pearce-Mushen said she was honored to accept the award, but insisted on swiveling the spotlight on the volunteers.
“This really should be going to all of them. They are the ones who make it happen,” she said.