by Peter S Horsfield
Why Dyan DeNapoli is Extraordinary
"I believe that our goal should be to figure out what it is that we are most passionate about, and then pursue that thing with all of our hearts".
"My personal definition of success is to wake up each day looking forward to my work because I love with I'm doing and I love who I'm doing it with. If I can inspire others to do the same along the way ... even better".
"For me, it's not about money or prestige or power - it's about doing what I love and about making a difference. If we all lived our lives doing what we are most passionate about, I believe we would all be happier - and happier individuals make for happier communities, which in turn makes for a happier and healthier world." (SOURCE: Questions for Living).
Dyan deNapoli is The Penguin Lady in every sense of the title. She has devoted nine years of her life in New England's Aquarium - more than seven of it as its Senior Penguin Aquarist - and helped rescue 40,000 penguins during the M/V Treasure oil spill.
She's also a successful author having written the award-winning The Great Penguin Rescue, a chronicle of the rescue operation she undertook with the 12,000 volunteers back on 2000.
The Great Penguin Rescue
Why is she so mortified by Sylvia Gaus' suggestion to just euthanize oiled birds?
Well, aside from being a penguin expert, she had seen first-hand that rescuing them is possible. The technology and strategy had evolved since and apparently Sylvia and her cohorts were basing their observation on obsolete data.
Who would not agree with Dyan when she herself headed the most successful rescue operation ever?
They were able to rescue over 40,000 penguins and close monitoring proves that they got to live just as long as those un-oiled ones and were able to breed just as much as those who did not experience the same trauma. Euthanizing oiled birds would obviously be the easy way out.
The book that came out of that experience, The Great Penguin Rescue, was included in "Bird books we like" by Birdwatching and was named One of the best natural history books by Library Journal. It also won Silver in Nautilus Book Awards and was named "Must-Read" by Massachusetts Book Awards.
That's not all, New York Post included the book on their "required reading list." Dyan received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Sciences and served as the onboard penguin expert and guest lecturer on cruise ships visiting the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.
Don't be surprised to see her in CNN, BBC, ABC, and other major channels because she's obviously the go-to veterinarian for anything penguin. There's nothing Dyan won't do for the love of penguins.
Top Reasons Why Dyan DeNapoli is Extraordinary
1. She graduated summa cum laude from Mt. Ida College.
2. She founded The Penguin Lady, an educational initiative that spreads the word about penguins.
3. She helped rescue 40,000 penguins during the M/V Treasure oil spill.
4. Out of that experience came out The Great Penguin Rescue book that she authored.
5. The Great Penguin Rescue was included in "Bird books we like" by Birdwatching, named One of the best natural history books by Library Journal, won Silver in Nautilus Book Awards, and named "Must-Read" by Massachusetts Book Awards.
6. The New York Post included The Great Penguin Rescue on their "required reading list."
7. She served as the onboard penguin expert and guest lecturer on cruise ships visiting the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.
8. She was Senior Penguin Aquarist of New England Aquarium for more than 7 years.
9. She received Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Sciences.
To read more about Dyan deNapoli visit www.thextraordinary.org.
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