On Friday 18 March we said farewell to Julie Traweek, our long serving Project Manager. Julie is heading back to Texas in the USA for family reasons and we wish her the very best.

Julie worked as a volunteer for a year before becoming the Sea Turtle Foundations 3rd Project Manager, when she took over from David Roe. At the time the world of environmental NFPs was vastly different. The rise of social media and the 24 hour instant news cycle was in its infancy. Smartphones were not ubiquitous and websites were mostly simple information channels. Communication technology was about to change the game.

Never one to take the limelight, Julie worked tirelessly to steer the Sea Turtle Foundation ship through a period of expansion and consolidation, and managed to pull both those tasks off with distinction.

One of Julie’s major strengths was her ability to build strong relationships with organisations such as James Cook University, QPWS and Reef HQ. As a result the acclaimed bi-annual Sea Turtle Health & Rehabilitation Workshop, and volunteer stranding response are now firmly established in N Queensland. In addition, the Sea Turtle Foundation is now an influential player in sea turtle conservation, with education programs, and projects in indigenous communities in northern Australia.

So, we would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Julie for her commitment and for working totally weird hours above and beyond the call of duty. She will be missed.