January 2022 “Emerald of Excellence” Volunteer Award – Nevada Diabetes Association and California Diabetes Association

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Volunteers are at the heart of the success of the Nevada Diabetes Association’s programs. Each month the NDA will spotlight a volunteer for exemplary service through the presentation of the “Emerald of Excellence” Award. Congratulations to Dillon Ostrenger for being the recipient of this award for January! Thank you for your dedication to the NDA!

Did you know that Dillon is the fraternal twin brother to one of the NDA’s staff members? Dakota, the Director of Camps, is his twin! Dakota invited Dillon to attend camp as a counselor in 2014, and he has not missed a camp since! His favorite part of being a Counselor is watching the growth of the campers. “It is incredible to watch first time campers become the true people they are and all will bond over this shared experience. The relationships formed here within this organization will last a lifetime!” Dillon’s most memorable experience at Camp Buck was when he was playing a board game with his co-counselors during an overnight watch and one of the counselors noticed something by the door and said, “Awww, look it’s a cat.” Dillon turned around to see the absolute biggest racoon heading towards the open door!

Thank you Dillon for being an exemplary volunteer.

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Q1 : Whats a fun fact & how did you get involved with the NDA ?

A fun fact about myself is that I have a fraternal twin and that’s how I got involved with the organization . My twin brother was diagnosed at a young age, Dakota was a longtime camper who eventually became staff. One year he invited me to be a counselor and I haven’t missed a year since. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Also while going to college I lived with Nate and another camp counselor fingers.

Q2 : What is your favorite part of being a counselor & volunteer ?

My favorite part of being a counselor with the NDA is seeing the growth of the campers. Being a counselor of the past 5+ years it’s incredible to watch the first time campers become the true people the are , all will bonding over this shared experience. The relationships formed here within this organization will last a lifetime.

Q3: What is one  of your most memorable experience at camp?

One of my most memorable Experience  as a camp counselor would  have to be this time at Camp Buck I Was playing a board game with my co-counselors during overnight watch after the campers went to bed. My back to was turned to the cabin and my co counselor noticed something by the door. “Awe look it’s a cat” he says. I turn around and see the absolute biggest raccoon I’ve ever seen in my life heading towards an open door . It was hilarious .

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