What is the Wendy May Andrew award?
The Wendy May Andrew Award is rewarded to Lake Cane Restoration Society members who diligently promote an integrative approach to improving the biology, ecology and economics of this Florida Lake toward our goal of sustainable management.
Who was Wendy May?
Wendy May was a leader and visionary.
She began her professional life in 1985, as a Staff Assistant on the Environment to Senator Lawton Chiles. In 1986, she became one of the first women employed as an Aquatic Plant Manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
She launched a 24 year career with Walt Disney World in 1992. As Horticulture Manager for Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 2000, Wendy lived her professional dreams.
Along the way she met the love of her life, Michael Andrew, while engaged as a diver at EPCOT’s Living Seas Pavilion.
She took her passion for the natural world beyond her professional duties by consulting on environmental projects within Florida and around the world, including Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Mexico, Cambodia, and Thailand. She served on the Florida Department of Agriculture Endangered Species Task Force, as a Director and Treasurer of the Association of Zoological Horticulture, and President of the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society. Florida Audubon recognized Wendy as Volunteer of the Year in 2012.
Wendy May had a saying, "suck it up cupcake". That's how she got through tough times, including kayaking around Key West and fighting cancer. Wendy passed away after her fierce battle with cancer. Now we recognize a unique volunteer each year in her honor.
Robin Perez - 2021
Audrey Carter - 2020
"It was such an honor to receive the Wendy May Andrew Award, and I am humbled to be appreciated for doing something I love.
Since my first swim years ago I have felt welcomed at the lake, and I appreciate everything Jacquie and Lucky do to make it possible.
I love volunteering and giving back in anyway I can to help out and show how appreciative I am.
The love of swimming brought me to Lucky’s Lake Swim as soon as I heard about it and it is the love, appreciation, and encouragement of my lake ‘family’ that keeps me coming back.....hopefully for many years to come."