VLM director gets award from Volunteer Hampton Roads

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VLM director gets award from Volunteer Hampton Roads

Feb 28, 2011

Virginia Living Museum Executive Director Page Hayhurst has received the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership award from Volunteer Hampton Roads for demonstrating “overall excellence in meeting community needs.”

In announcing the award, Volunteer Hampton Roads President Elizabeth Lloyd said that during Hayhurst’s five-and-a-half-year-tenure as executive director, the Virginia Living Museum “has experienced increased membership, fundraising, annual visitation, improved its service to the community in science education and eliminated the museum's capital debt, all despite difficult financial times. Additionally, her efforts resulted in the creation of a new logo, mascot, website and promotional materials, improving the organization's public relations and marketing capabilities.”

"There is nothing more rewarding than the feeling that you are making a difference doing something you love," said Hayhurst after receiving the award.

Honorees of the award must demonstrate leadership with board, staff and volunteers, demonstrate innovation, serve as an advocate for the organization, be involved in the community and display a commitment to improve the organization.

The award was presented during the Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference Feb. 4 in Norfolk.

The Virginia Living Museum is a private non-profit museum and education center in Newport News dedicated to connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation. It has been in operation since 1966 and is accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museum.

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